Colleges to develop web site to battle underage drinking

Three Indiana postsecondary schools will make it possible for students to log on to a web site designed to motivate them to reduce their alcohol consumption, officials said. The University of Evansville, University of Southern Indiana, and Ivy Tech State College are developing the site as part of the “Real U” campaign to deal with high-risk drinking and its consequences. The program and some of its strategies were introduced during a televised forum May 3.

William Wooten, chairman of the Youth First board and a retired addiction medical specialist, said officials looked at programs at other colleges to review what strategies had worked.

“We started developing some strategies that change perceptions of young people who are coming into the college community,” Wooten said. “It’s a significant issue across the country. Collaboration is the name of the game.”

In spring 2004, the three Indiana schools measured student alcohol- and drug-related behaviors, attitudes, and perceptions using a survey from the Core Institute at Southern Illinois University.

More than 91 percent of the 376 students who took the survey believed that the average student used alcohol once a week or more, but only 21 percent reported using alcohol that frequently.

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