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CSU Alcohol Policies and Prevention Programs Report Shows Decreases in Alcohol-Related Misconduct Among Students

September 20, 2011

CSU campuses are experiencing a reduction in alcohol-related misconduct by students and a decrease in students driving after consuming alcohol as detailed in a report to CSU Trustees.  The report, issued every two years, provides information on the implementation of CSU's alcohol policies and prevention programs and summarizes activities that have taken place at campuses.

Among additional key findings reported by campuses:

  • A reduction in the number of underage students who consume alcohol
  • A reduction in the number of students who reported binge drinking
  • An increase in the number of students who seek medical assistance for intoxicated friends
  • An increase in alcohol-free events

Chancellor Charles B. Reed appointed a committee in November 2000 to review the CSU's alcohol policies and prevention programs to help prevent alcohol induced deaths and alcohol poisoning of CSU students.  The CSU Alcohol Policies and Prevention Programs Committee is chaired by Fresno State President John Welty and includes presidents, students, faculty, staff and alumni.

CSU's alcohol policy is recognized as the most comprehensive of any university system in the country and is a collaborative effort with other agencies including the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP), the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

Many campuses have expanded efforts related to prescription drug use and abuse and the 2011 report represents the first time that campuses were asked to provide a brief summary of activities related to prescription use and abuse.

To view the report, please click here.