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Purdue Students Look At Ways To Address High-Risk Drinking

Last updated on Wednesday, August 31, 2011

(WEST LAFAYETTE) - A team of students, faculty and staff at Purdue University are looking at new ways to address high-risk drinking on campus.

The 18-member team participated in a new national learning collaborative with 31 other colleges and universities across the nation to share ideas.

Assistant Vice-President Of Student Affairs Lee Gordon says the group came back with a few ideas that will be explored for Purdue as well as shared some of the initiatives already in place.

Gordon says one of the ideas the group will ask the campus community to consider is a type of "pre-screening" program to identify students who may be at risk before their drinking becomes a problem. Gordon says the pre-screening concept blends in with the medical amnesty program that is in place for this year. The program grants immunity from school disciplinary action for students who seek medical attention for their friends who may be in medical danger from drinking.

One of the students on the team has organized an alcohol free tail gate party for this weekend to educate others about the dangers of high-risking drinking and to give those who abstain from alcohol a place to unite.

The "12th Man Tailgate Party" will feature games, food, prizes, and special guests. Gordon says it's inspiring to see the students taking the initiative in educating the campus community about problem drinking instead of the issue being solely driven by the administration.

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