COLLEGE STUDENT AOD USE & FSU PREVENTION. Dr. Spencer Deakin Mr. Don Swogger June 2014

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1 COLLEGE STUDENT AOD USE & FSU PREVENTION Dr. Spencer Deakin Mr. Don Swogger June 2014

2 About FSU Rural Location in western Maryland 2 ½ hours from DC, Baltimore region 4,500 undergraduate students 2,000 in campus housing; 2,500 in local community Community population: 7,800 Number of alcohol outlets: 31 Establishment of student neighborhood which is 75% student occupied in a 3 x 6 block radius adjacent to campus

3 Here s where it starts.. High-Risk drinking.. Greeks Athletes Freshmen

4 College Students Drink More Drinks per month high school post high school college non-college Monitoring the Future, Malloy & Johnson, 2008

5 COLLEGE STUDENT DRINKING #1 Campus Health Problem

6 Heavy Drinking is Dangerous to Students Ø Alcohol-related unintended injury deaths: 1,825 Ø Driving under the influence: 3.3 million Ø 599,000 unintentional injuries Ø 696,000 assaults Ø Unprotected Sex: 400,000 Ø About 25% report negative academic consequences Ø About 5% are involved with police or campus security as a result of their drinking. Hingson et al. 2013

7 Heavy Drinking Affects the Entire Campus Ø Secondary effects of alcohol - Unwanted sexual advances or assaults - Property damage - Serious arguments or quarrels - Physical fights or assaults Ø Retention - Estimate 25% of dropouts Ø Recruitment - Party school image

8 Heavy Drinking Affects the Entire Community Ø Noise Ø Vandalism Ø Public drunkenness Ø Vomiting Ø Public Urination

9 Characteristics of College Drinking Ø Adolescence heaviest drinking period in life Ø Drinking to get drunk rather than social drinking Ø Alcohol related accidents are #1 cause of death in youth Ø Heavy drinking related to access, peer pressure, impulsivity, autonomy, time Ø Do not see drinking as a problem

10 Characteristics of College Drinking (cont.) -High intoxication rate by consuming grain alcohol (e.g. juice) -availability off-campus and high number of local alcohol outlets -Low cost drink specials & super-sized, supercharged drinks at some college bars

11 Our Commitment: Ø establish a culture that actively supports, educates, and empowers students to make healthy choices about alcohol consumption Ø engage the university community with innovative, evidence-based, student-driven alcohol awareness and prevention programs Ø enhance our community collaboration through meaningful endeavors and intentional initiatives consistent with our institutional values

12 Comprehensive Environmental Strategy: Ø Prevention: AlcoholEdu, Making it Count response presentations, Reality Check website, TIPS training, social marketing /norming campaigns, Brief Screening Intervention (BSI), and Safe Ride Ø Engagement: community involvement, BURG Peer Education Network, CHILL CHOICES events, and late-night programming options Ø Deterrence: adjudicating on and off campus violations consistently, parental notification letters/phone calls, Joint Jurisdiction enforcement, Social Host Ordinance proposal, Knock-and-Talk s in the community, pre-emptive s to students and parents advising of law enforcement saturation efforts

13 President s Alcohol Task Force Ø Purposeful intent to build coalitions with campus and community stakeholders Ø Reorganized to address the high-risk drinking culture among many students Ø Increased deterrence measures by consistently addressing off-campus behaviors Ø Addressing environmental issues unique to Frostburg

14 Campus Community Collaboration Ø County/City/University Joint Law Enforcement efforts Ø Consistent City/University administrator meetings Ø Community Development and Code Enforcement meetings Ø Frostburg Fire Department and State Fire Marshall s Office Ø Board of Liquor License Commissioners Ø Collaborative efforts with Property Managers Ø Allegany County Health Department (MSPF grant)

15 Collaboration Results Reduction in off-campus citations Identify number of non-students involved in alcohol incidents Raised Community Awareness of FSU prevention efforts Improved relations with Community stakeholders Reduced number of high risk events Students understand the message Off-campus events involve fewer people

16 Keeping our Eye on the Big Picture Current Instruments Used In Measurement CORE Survey National College Health Assessment (NCHA) AlcoholEdu survey Student Conduct Statistics (On/Off Campus) Medical Transport data NCHIP PDSA data

17 FSU ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE Parallels to the national scene

18 FSU Use and Attitudes 2012 Core survey 434 students surveyed online Representative of FSU student population National instrument

19 Survey Data & Information Student Use (type, frequency,time) Trends over time (Since 1994) Segments of FSU student sample (class,gender,age,ethnicity,residence) Consequences (physical,academic,social,psychological)

20 FSU High Risk Drinking Rates

21 2012 FSU Student Use % Used in Last Year FSU Tobacco Alcohol Marijuana Cocaine Amphetamines Hallucinogens Designer Drugs Steroids Ref.= Reference group of 61,057 students at 118 institutions in 2011 Ref

22 FSU Student Substance Use % Used 3 Times/Week or More Tobacco Alcohol Marijuana Cocaine Amphetamines Hallucinogens Designer Drugs Steroids

23 PROBLEMATIC EXPERIENCES Public Misconduct Personal Injury Psychological Problems Academic Impact

24 Alcohol and Academics Impact on Grade Point Average Impact on Class Attendance

25 OVERALL GPA BY FREQUENCY OF HIGH RISK DRINKING IN PREVIOUS TWO WEEKS None/1 3X or more A 73.3% 19.6% B 60.2% 27.8% C 50.3% 40.1%

26 Attendance & Academic Performance Trends Missed Classes 21.8% 25% 33% Performed Poorly on Test/prjt. 16.8% 19% 26%

27 PERCEPTIONS OF FSU ENVIRONMENT MOST FSU STUDENTS... Make positive decisions Have not missed class due to AOD use Have not done poorly on a test or project due to alcohol or drugs Have never driven a car under the influence Prefer parties to be drug free

28 Frequency of Alcohol Use in Past Year Never 18.6% Once a week or less 63.8% 3X a week or more 17.7%

29 Average # of Drinks per Week 0 to 5 drinks per week 77.3% 6 to 15 drinks per week 18.6% 16 or + drinks per week 4.3%

30 # of days drinking in past month Days Percent % % % % % % all %

31 Impact of AlcoholEdu at Frostburg After completing AlcoholEdu, Frostburg students reported an increase in several positive behavioral intentions.

32 Persistence Required!!!

33 And miles to go before I sleep (Frost) Ø Vigilance in mitigating risks to students Ø Continuous polishing of relationships with community and campus stakeholders Ø Commitment to the cause reducing the potentially devastating consequences of high-risk drinking Ø Inform our practice with the best information Ø Sweat equity put in the work Ø Celebrate small victories

34 Parents as Partners ÿ Set clear expectations about academic performance ÿ Stress that alcohol is toxic and excessive consumption can poison ÿ Tell students about their right to a safe academic environment ÿ Know the campus alcohol scene and talk to students about it

35 Parents as Partners ÿ Avoid tales of drinking exploits from your college days ÿ Encourage students to volunteer or join positive student organizations ÿ Make it Clear- Underage consumption and drinking & driving are illegal

36 FAQ s What are the penalties for alcohol or drug violations? What are unrecognized Greek organizations? Should my student join a Greek group this year? Is FSU a party school? Can my student stay busy without drinking or partying? Is Frostburg a safe campus?

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