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Fighting binge drinking on campus

Studies have shown that drunk driving and alcohol-related deaths are on the rise on college campuses. Now, 14 colleges and universities - including Stanford - are teaming together as part of the Learning Collaborative on High-Risk Drinking to identify and implement ways to confront the public-health problem of binge drinking. From an article in Stanford Report:

Various measures will be developed to track the progress of the effort, in consultation with experts from across the country. Data will be shared and compared among participant institutions with the goal of both lowering the rate of binge drinking and reducing the incidence of the harm associated with this behavior.

The piece also discusses the importance of this project:

According to Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim, nearly 40 percent of college students in the United States engage in binge drinking, a number that has remained virtually unchanged for decades.

"By collaborating on this issue," Kim said, "we are much more likely to make meaningful and lasting progress than if each school attempts to tackle this critical issue on its own."

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