College and university officials are expected to use evidence-based prevention programs to address student alcohol problems. The need to do “what works” is selfevident, but for many years this was made difficult by the lack of scholarship on college student drinking.
That’s changed, and the field now has a wide range of research-proven strategies. The difficulty for practitioners, of course, is that they seldom have the time or the expertise to wade through piles of journal publications to figure out what to do, and so they have to rely on what experts tell them the research says.
This brief report reviews the case for the efficacy of AlcoholEdu for College, beginning with a summary statement from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and then describing two major external evaluations of the course.