University Taking Part in Study of Alcohol Intervention Strategies

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UMass Amherst is taking part in CollegeAIM, a new project led by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to rate the effectiveness and costs of nearly 60 alcohol intervention strategies.

CollegeAIM, which stands for Alcohol Intervention Matrix, will allow participating schools to compare their existing strategies to a range of evidence-based alcohol interventions and select a mix that best suits their needs and those of their students. With CollegeAIM, university personnel can use science-based information to guide decisions and boost chances of success.

“The university has taken a strategic prevention approach resulting in significant reductions in high-risk drinking and related consequences based on the earlier NIAAA recommendations in its Call to Action Report,” said Enku Gelaye, vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life. “We look forward to using the CollegeAIM tool to highlight our accomplishments and to indicate areas for improvement in this continued work.”

The matrix was developed with guidance from leaders in college alcohol intervention research and higher education, including Gelaye, interim Police Chief Patrick Archbald, Sally Linowski, associate dean of students for off campus student life and community outreach, and Sonya Satinsky, director of the Center for Health Promotion.