Systems thinking teaches us that in order to enact change, we need to view problems in the broader context of the whole system--including its various subsystems and the relationships between the subsystems. You couldn't imagine improving the health of the human body (a highly complex system) without contemplating its many subsystems (circulatory, respiratory, nervous system, etc.) and how they connect to one another.

Embracing systems thinking in college alcohol prevention requires recognizing that there is no single solution, but rather several interconnected processes that together lead to change.