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.

Research Findings

A Review of the Research Base

AlcoholEdu for College:
Summary of Efficacy Research

Villanova University Study
Journal of Health Communications, 2010

Roger Williams University Study
Addictive Behaviors, 2010 

University of West Florida Study
Summary (PDF)

Dr. Andrew Wall Study
NASPA Journal, 2008

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.