AlcoholEDU, the widely used survey and educational tool that colleges distribute to incoming freshmen, can reduce harmful drinking during students’ first semester – but come spring you wouldn’t know it, according to the results of a new National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism study. Students who took the online course at 30 colleges nationwide reported “significantly reduced” alcohol consumption and binge drinking during fall semester as compared to spring, the NIAAA said Thursday. But the researchers, at the University of California’s Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, also reinforced the strong belief among many prevention educators that the tool is best used in combination with other environmental prevention strategies.
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