As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that binge drinking is on the rise among women in the U.S., a new campaign launched by University Health Services gives female students the chance to tell the alcohol industry that they are #NotATarget.
A one-day symposium in the fall will present a multi-faceted look at alcohol abuse on campus and beyond. Alcohol, Campuses, and Communities: Partnering for Solutions is set for Monday, Oct. 7, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus of Penn State.
A research team that includes several Penn State scientists has completed a first-of-its-kind longitudinal pilot study aimed at better understanding how the neural processes that underlie responses to alcohol-related cues change during students' first year of college.
A town-gown partnership that for more than a decade has been united against high-risk drinking is employing new tactics to keep downtown State College alcohol-free on what has become known as "State Patty's Day."
An agreement has been reached with downtown State College taverns and restaurants to halt the sale of alcohol on Feb. 23, the date set for this year's State Patty’s Day, an event created by students six years ago. Establishments will still offer food and non-alcoholic drinks, maintaining downtown’s appeal for responsible visitors.
This year, new Penn State students completed Penn State's recently developed online education program, PSU SAFE (Student Alcohol Feedback and Education). Linda LaSalle, associate director for educational services at University Health Services, is pleased with the results.
This summer, new Penn State students attending the University's second six-week summer session will be first to complete Penn State's new online education program, PSU SAFE (Student Alcohol Feedback and Education). It's one of many initiatives Penn State has created to teach students the facts about dangerous drinking. "We wanted to create an online program that would have greater relevance to our students," said Damon Sims, Penn State's vice president for Student Affairs. "So far, students have found it to be straightforward and have offered positive feedback. I'm optimistic about the potential outcomes from this effort."
PSU SAFE replaces an online alcohol education program Penn State implemented in 2008, but is more cost-efficient and more tailored to Penn State students and takes about half the time to finish.
High-risk drinking is a nationwide concern that takes the lives of more than 1,800 U.S. college students each year. Education is a top priority at Penn State and that includes teaching students about the risks and impact of dangerous drinking behavior. Since last fall, a number of initiatives have been instituted in a multi-pronged approach that includes environmental change, enforcement, alternative activities, intervention, counseling and outreach.
Penn State's University Faculty Senate on Tuesday (Dec. 7) received an expansive overview of efforts by the University to combat excessive alcohol consumption, and revised the 60 year-old academic freedom policy to define the term and reflect developments in technology and higher education.
Penn State researcher Rob Turrisi is lending a hand to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in a new campaign called "Power of Parents, It's Your Influence," the goal of which is to prevent underage drinking and drunk driving.