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NIAA Releases Resource to Address Harmful Student Drinking

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niaaCollegeAIM, a new resource to help college officials address harmful and underage student drinking, has been released by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the National Institutes of Health.

CollegeAIM is the product of a multi-year collaboration among college alcohol intervention researchers, college AOD and student life professionals, and NIAAA staff. Stony Brook President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. served on the College Presidents Working Group charged with developing the guide. Lara Hunter, LCSW, Stony Brook’s Coordinator of Alcohol and Drug Clinical Services and National Coordinator of the Red Watch Band Program, also contributed.

The centerpiece of CollegeAIM is a comprehensive and easy-to-use matrix-based tool that will help inform college staff about alcohol interventions and guide college staff to evidence-based interventions. CollegeAIM is the result of a multi-year collaboration and an extensive review of the scientific literature. It is unique in the breadth of research covered by its analysis, and the number and expertise of its contributors.

“Despite our collective efforts to address it, high-risk drinking remains a significant and persistent problem on U.S. campuses,” said George Koob, Ph.D., NIAAA director. “While college officials have numerous options for alcohol interventions, they are not all equally effective. CollegeAIM can help schools choose wisely among available strategies, boosting their chances for success and helping them improve the health and safety of their students.”

The CollegeAIM guide and related resources, along with additional information on harmful and underage college drinking, are available at www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov.

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