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5 things you should know about National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

By Dr. Ann Quinn-Zobeck, Senior Director for BACCHUS Initiatives and Training

National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAW) has been celebrated on campuses across the U.S. for more than 25 years. Traditionally held in the third full week of October, this week is a great time to reflect on how we are addressing collegiate alcohol use. The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA has created an online toolkit, #makeSMARTchoices, to assist collegiate peer education groups to develop effective, comprehensive alcohol abuse and impaired driving prevention programming. 

  1. It's Historic.
  2. One week is not enough.
  3. Students want to be involved.
  4. There are effective strategies to address collegiate alcohol overconsumption.
  5. It's a great to celebrate your success and renew your commitment to promoting health.

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And parents, you still hold a lot of influence over your kid's decisions about alcohol. So, talk to them today!

BACCHUS Initiatives is a collegiate peer education program that supports the achievement of students’ academic and personal success by building skills in student leaders to address campus health and safety issues.  Our affiliated peer education groups are found on four-year public colleges and universities, private and two-year institutions, historically Black colleges and universities, predominantly Hispanic population campuses, and tribal colleges.

*The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility ( or any member.*

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