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October 9, 2013
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Alcohol awareness training required by new freshmen

Incoming freshman students are now required to complete a 3-hour online course that teaches students to make safer decisions about alcohol and address the behaviors of others.

AlcoholEdu for College is a prevention program that delivers a personalized approach to help students: 1) reset unrealistic expectations about alcohol’s effects, 2) link choices about drinking to academic and personal success, 3) practice healthier decision‐making, and 4) motivate behavior change.

Students were able to access the course on Monday, October 7, 2013 and must complete Part 1 by Monday, November 4, 2013 Thirty days after completing the initial portion, students will receive an automated email asking them to take Part 2, a 15-minute posttest. Students must successfully pass the posttest by Monday, December 9, 2013 to complete the program.

The course includes three surveys that assess students’ alcohol-related attitudes and behaviors – all responses are strictly confidential. Bowie State University will only receive aggregate information about the student body as a whole and will never see individual student's survey answers.

By adding AlcoholEdu to the overall alcohol prevention initiative, Bowie State University joins other top schools around the country in implementing the program. The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Prevention Center will partner with freshman seminar instructors to administer the program. Students with sanctions will also be required to complete the course.

A national study shows that 85 percent of students who took AlcoholEdu could identify when someone has consumed too much alcohol, 89 percent could identify the signs of alcohol poisoning, and 86 percent could intervene when a friend is drinking too much.

“We are hoping that the program will change students’ behaviors and perceptions about using alcohol by learning about its harmful effects,” said Vanessa Cooke, ATOD director.


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