Brief: Campus Alcohol Management

It is difficult for students to make unbiased choices about alcohol if their environment screams “drink”. It is difficult for students to feel like they have the option to say “No” when their environment repeatedly encourages them to say “Yes”. Environmental management is not prohibitionist but intended to shape our community in such a way that we do not promote or support high risk drinking.


Environmental Management

  • Offering substance-free programming options
  • Creating a health-promoting normative environment
  • Restricting the marketing, promotion, and availability of alcohol and other drugs
  • Developing and enforcing campus policies to address high-risk behaviors

Issues

  • Alcohol abuse is the highest-risk behavior among college students for drinkers themselves and those around them.
  • Alcohol misuse is linked to student death, injury, poor academic performance, property damage and vandalism, negative publicity, collegiate legal settlements, violence, fire, unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and sexual assault.
  • Court rulings suggest we must take reasonable protective measures to guard against foreseeable hazards and or be monetarily liable.

Recommendations

  • Include a Campus Alcohol Coalition representative or SA VP at the table when contracting with alcohol retail vendors.
  • Ensure vendors will abide by campus policies and regulations regarding alcohol service and marketing and promotional materials.
  • Contract with vendors that they cannot offer low cost or free drink specials, host drinking games, or provide alcohol giveaways.
  • Contract with vendors that they offer Responsible Beverage Service Training with all new employees and have an annual refresher course for long-standing employees.

Concerns

  • 78% of UWF residential students are underage and the traditional aged student population is growing, with a majority of those students being under 21. These students will likely be the target market for vendors.
  • The coordination of contracts so they are aligned with campus policies and regulations.
  • The regulation of vendors’ adherence to campus policies/regulations.

Conclusion

The Campus Alcohol Coalition seeks to bring about behavior change, both promoting positive behaviors and norms and discouraging high-risk behaviors, by advocating a low-risk environment that encourages individual, institutional and community responsibility in shaping our campus culture. We strongly encourage thoughtful consideration of these recommendations.

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