Use of policy, education, and enforcement to reduce binge drinking among university students: The NU Directions project

Ian M. Newman, Duane F. Shell, Linda J. Major, Thomas A. Workman

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This paper describes a programme, conducted over a 5-year period, that effectively reduced heavy drinking and alcohol-related harms among university students. The programme was organised around strategies to change the environment in which binge drinking occurred and involved input and cooperation from officials and students of the university, representatives from the city and the neighbourhood near the university, law enforcement, as well as public health and medical officials. In 1997, 62.5% of the university's approximately 16,000 undergraduate student population reported binge drinking. This rate had dropped to 47% in 2003. Similar reductions were found in both self-reported primary and secondary harms related to alcohol consumption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-349
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Drug Policy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006



  • College drinking
  • Environmental management strategies
  • Intervention programmes
  • United States
  • Young adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy

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