Stanford joins effort to remedy high-risk drinking

May 4, 2011, 2:00 a.m.

Stanford University and 13 other institutions of higher education announced their partnership in the Learning Collaborative on High-Risk Drinking, a national effort to tackle binge drinking on American campuses. This development comes at a time in which nearly 2,000 American college students die annually from alcohol-related injuries.

The Learning Collaborative, which developed from Dartmouth’s National College Health Improvement Project, will utilize evaluation and measurement techniques to find the best solutions to curb high-risk drinking. Starting this June, teams from each institution will meet for a number of face-to-face meetings every six months and share data on the effectiveness of their respective programs.

Vaden Health Center Director Ira Friedman will be at the helm of the effort on the Farm. He will be assisted by Ralph Castro, Vaden associate director; Laura Wilson, Stanford’s chief of police; Deborah Golder, dean of Residential Education and Jenny Bergeron, manager of assessment and program evaluation.

The 13 other participating schools are Dartmouth, Boston University, Cornell, Duke, Frostburg State University, Northwestern University, Ohio University, Princeton, Purdue, University of the South (Sewanee), Stony Brook University, University of Wyoming and Wesleyan University.

–An Le Nguyen

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