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Project duration: 09/1999 - 08/2004
Sponsor: National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Award: $2,618,890

The purpose of this project is to evaluate college students' responses to three unique alcohol education programs providing accurate normative information and tips for reducing the risks associated with drinking. This is a collaborative study between UW, WWU and TESC. We are interested in knowing how alcohol use and related consequences change over time both before the new education programs begin and after they are in place. Therefore, up to 5000 undergraduate students from each campus have been randomly selected to be invited to participate in this research.

Beginning with the 2001-2002 school year, we will implement an advertising campaign providing information about the actual norms for drinking on our campus, based on survey results. All students on campus will have the opportunity to see these ads and gain information about campus norms for healthy student behaviors.

During the 2002-2003 school year, 50% of students who are participating in this research project will be randomly chosen to be mailed personalized feedback about their drinking habits and other health behaviors, as well as tips about reducing the risks of drinking for themselves or their friends. You can let us know if you would rather not have this mailed to you and we will make other arrangements for you to get the information.

Finally, during 2003-2004, about 25% of participating students will be invited to attend a 2-session alcohol education workshop. The workshop is developed specifically for college students, is led by students, and includes a non-judgmental discussion of the pros and cons of drinking and how to avoid problems.

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