Oct 282004
 
Authors: Amy Resseguie

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

education programs.

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

college students.

“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

actually do.”

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

said.

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

problem.

“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

any changes.

“This country would not stand for the loss of resources for

trees that we are seeing on the loss of resources for young minds,”

Crandall said.

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.

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