Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 10:59 AM
Subject: High Risk Drinking at Wesleyan
Welcome back to campus! As we begin the spring term, I want to provide you with an update on Wesleyan's participation in the National College Health Improvement Project's (NCHIP) learning collaborative on high-risk drinking. We joined this three-year effort to reduce high-risk drinking on our campus because of our concern about student safety and the negative impact that this type of drinking has on our campus community.
For purposes of this project, high-risk drinking is defined as the consumption of four or more (for females) or five or more (for males) drinks within a two-hour period. Various studies have shown that consuming alcohol in this way increases the risk for negative consequences, including lower grades, trouble with campus or local law enforcement, physical injury, and sexual violence. Wesleyan students report drinking in high-risk ways (and experiencing the related negative consequences) at rates greater than the national averages. Through the NCHIP project, we aim to reduce this risky behavior on our campus.
During the course of the project, Wesleyan's team is testing various strategies to reduce high-risk drinking. We invite you to review our work thus far (link below) and to make suggestions for additional initiatives that you believe might reduce high-risk drinking and the associated harms on our campus.
Regardless of whether or not you choose to drink, we hope that you will reflect on the ways in which high-risk drinking may impact your Wesleyan experience. Counseling and WesWELL have developed some resources that may be helpful as you assess your own choices as well as those made by your friends:
Thanks for your consideration and any suggestions you may be able to offer the team.
Michael J. Whaley
Vice President for Student Affairs
Middletown, CT 06459