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UMES Joins MD Colleges In Tackling Excessive Drinking

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MARYLAND - Maryland health and higher education leaders have formed a Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems.

The group is hosted by the University System of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and it brings together the presidents of 10 institutions across the state, including the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. So far, the group has made a comprehensive report on what colleges are doing in the state on this issue, and a Guide to Best Practices accompanied by an interactive website.

According to the group's report, 19 percent of underage students and 22 percent of 21- to 24-year-old college students meet criteria for either alcohol abuse or dependence. Almost one-third of underage Maryland college students allegedly drove under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

While most Maryland schools offer alcohol education programs and basic training in how to identify and refer students with drinking problems, the group's Guide to Best Practices recommends supplementing these efforts with actions that are more effective at changing individual behavior and modifying the settings that influence students' drinking decisions.

The group is reportedly aiming for schools to develop "multi-level" interventions, which will work to incorporate more evidence-based practices in activities targeting individual students, parents, and the larger communities and environments in which college student drinking occurs. They say they are also creating a measurement system to help colleges measure progress towards their goals and assess the effectiveness of new strategies on multiple campuses.

In addition to UMES, the other institutions include: Allegany College of Maryland, Frostburg State University, Loyola University Maryland, McDaniel College, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Towson University, the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

For more information, visit the Maryland Collaborative's website.

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