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Johns Hopkins: Study Shows Less Than Half of Approaches in Campus Alcohol Policies Get High Marks for Efficacy

Alcohol policy experts and researchers have rated policies typically included in official campus alcohol policies on their likely effectiveness; in doing so, they have developed an evidence-based approach for colleges to use in analyzing and updating their campus alcohol policies. Their review found that fewer than half of the specific approaches to reduce problematic alcohol consumption are “most effective.”

The study, published online in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, is from researchers with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Campus alcohol policies were assessed for accessibility, clarity, policy effectiveness and sanctions effectiveness, for the fifteen members of the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems. Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels, along with Chancellor Dr. Robert L. Caret, University System of Maryland, serve as the Collaborative’s co-conveners.

For the study, the researchers asked a panel of 12 alcohol policy experts and university officials to rate 35 policies and 13 sanctions commonly included in campus alcohol policies. Based on their knowledge of published academic research and expert opinion, panelists determined that that 17, or 49 percent, of the campus alcohol policies should be rated as “most effective.”

As part of this research, the study authors provided each school studied with the results of the assessment as well as specific recommendations for improvement in the school’s written policies. They will assess in 2019 whether the assessment influenced the school’s campus alcohol policies.

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