Underage drinking is dangerous, not only because of the risks associated with acute impairment, but also because of the threat to long-term development.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) recommends that colleges and universities adopt a three-part strategy to reduce student drinking:
1. Campus-Community Coalitions
2. Campus-Wide Alcohol Abuse Prevention Efforts
3. Individual Alcohol Prevention Programs offered to students either one-on-one, in groups or via the internet.
University of Louisville’s (U of L) Building Resiliency In Campus Community (BRICC) Coalition is coordinating the efforts for all three of these to build resilience on campus and in our community.
Resiliency is the learned ability to bounce back from life’s challenges. People who are resilient can effectively cope with stress and problem-solve life situations. Resiliency is a learned skill that is valuable for non-drinkers, moderate drinkers, and high risk drinkers.
BRICC works with campus and community partners to identify where we can help to build resiliency, and to streamline resources through BRICC workgroups.
Multiple campus units and community partners provide initiatives to prevent alcohol abuse. We work with Alcoholic Beverage Control, Athletics, City Scoot, Dean of Students, Housing and Residence Life, Morton Center, Office of Health Promotion, University Police, and Seven Counties Services, among others.
Each organization and department brings something unique to the table, working within individual silos, but together creating synergy.
BRICC’s recent efforts include:
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