A new study gives some good news. Schools can effectively intervene to help students get their binge drinking under control. Researchers were surprised to learn that interventions were “effective across the board” especially if they go beyond the usual online alcohol education course. As NPR put it, “There’s actually a lot that schools can do to help students get their drinking under control.”
The study examined 40 different studies on interventions to reduce freshman students’ college drinking. In general, the methods were individualized interventions rather than generic education. Researchers found that the interventions were effective regardless of the students’ gender or ethnicity and that personalized feedback reports provided the biggest benefit.
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