The CSU Alcohol Task Force had its second full committee meeting
Thursday and a small audience joined them.
The task force is in the process of learning about current
trends in alcohol use and is gathering information regarding
effective alcohol awareness strategies at peer universities.
The task force and its four subcommittees met Thursday afternoon
to discuss their progress in addressing alcohol use and abuse on
campus and in Fort Collins. Anne Quinn-Zobeck also gave a
presentation on national trends in alcohol use and effective
Quinn-Zobeck, director of impaired driving prevention initatives
for the BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network, said there is no
single solution to prevent excessive alcohol consumption among
“There are no silver bullets,” she said. “We need strategies
that work in concert with one another.”
Quinn-Zobeck stressed the importance of changing student and
community attitudes towards drinking through social noming, a
process of changing society’s views and assumptions to reflect the
reality of a community.
“Students often overestimate the amount of alcohol use there is
in college,” she said. “While student use tends to be in the
moderate range, they think other students drink much more than they
Quinn-Zobeck cited statistics that 70 percent of underage
college students have drank in the past 30 days, and college
students drink more in one sitting than non-college students,
adding that consistency in addressing the issue is key.
“We want to make sure that everyone from the RAs to the judges
in county courts handle the laws the same way,” Quinn-Zobeck
She also commended existing programs such as Ram Ride and the
Day IV drug and alcohol program at Hartshorn Health Service.
Cheryl Olsen, task force operational chair, said it is important
to see alcohol awareness as a community issue, not just a CSU
“There’s no doubt that 25,000 students effect our community, but
they’re only here for four years. We need to also look at how the
community effects them while they’re here,” Olsen said.
Scoot Crandall, Team Fort Collins director, said one of the
challenges facing the task force is a lack of funding to implement
“This country would not stand for the loss of resources for
trees that we are seeing on the loss of resources for young minds,”
The task force also heard reports from the four subcommittees:
Policies, Protocols and Enforcement Practices, Student Behavior,
Educational, Prevention and Intervention Programs, Legislation,
Distribution and Sales and Advertising and Alcohol at Sony Lubick
Field at Hughes Stadium.
The four committees said they are still in the invention and
learning process and will continue to get input from students and
community members, and will develop more specific recommendations
in the coming weeks.