Studies help show how to reduce harmful college drinking – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. An online alcohol prevention course can help reduce harmful drinking among college freshmen, but the benefits in the fall don't last through the spring. Dr. Ralph Hingson at the NIH says the course definitely helps.
Hingson: But unfortunately the beneficial effects were seen only during the fall semester of freshmen year.
Narrator: He says recent study findings show that this Internet-based prevention course can be a useful part of an overall strategy. He adds that use of the course should be reinforced with effective prevention strategies, for example reducing alcohol availability, raising prices, and limiting alcohol promotions and advertising on and around campus. For study details, visit www.niaaa.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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