The discussion as to whether or not alcohol education programs are effective remains controversial. While previous studies mentioned on the blog have discussed the significant number of college students that recover from such behaviors on their own, the number of these behaviors that could have been prevented in the first place has not been mentioned. According to the current study, first-year students who completed AlcoholEdu education program were less likely to be involved in an alcohol-related crisis than those who failed to complete the course. This may indicate that these programs are effective at preventing high-risk behavior among first-year college students. However, it may also be an indication that students who are not motivated enough to finish the program will not take the process seriously. This provides valuable information on the implications of educational programs. They may be effective, but I feel that colleges should provide some sort of incentive so that all students complete the program. Otherwise, only those who feel strongly enough about alcoholism will put in the effort to complete the program, though they are already more likely to be aware of their behaviors in the first place. Making education courses mandatory could be beneficial in decreasing the amount of alcohol abuse among first-year students.
Abrams, G. B., Kolligian, J., Mills, D. L., & DeJong, W. “Failure of College Students to Complete an Online Alcohol Education Course as a Predictor of High-Risk Drinking That Requires Medical Attention.” The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, vol. 37, 2011, pp. 515-519.