AlcoholEdu® for College
In August 2011, a federally funded, independently conducted randomized control trial involving 30 campuses was released, documenting the impact of AlcoholEdu for College in reducing dangerous alcohol use by college students, and reducing alcohol-related harms, such as blackouts, drunk driving, and sexual assaults.
This fully independent, 3-year investigation was conducted by a research team at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), led by M. J. Paschall, which secured a multi-million dollar grant from the NIAAA, part of the National Institutes for Health (NIH).
The PIRE study was a multisite randomized control trial, with 15 colleges randomly assigned to have their first-year students take AlcoholEdu for College and 15 comparison schools. PIRE’s analysis showed that, during the fall semester that immediately followed AlcoholEdu implementation, the course:
- Significantly reduced the frequency of past 30-day alcohol use
- Significantly reduced the frequency of binge drinking*
- Significantly reduced the risk of past 30-day alcohol-related problems
Paschall, M.J., Antin, T., Ringwalt, C.L., & Saltz, F. (2011a). Effects of AlcoholEdu for College on alcohol-related problems among freshmen: A randomized multicampus trial. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 72, 642-650.
* Note: “Binge drinking” is defined as 5 or more drinks in a row for men, and 4 or more drinks in a row for women within a 2-hour period.