Public Affairs

CSU Campuses Report a Reduction in Alcohol Abuse by Students

September 24, 2009
By Erik Fallis

The fourth biennial report on the California State University’s Alcohol Policies and Prevention, presented to the CSU Trustees today, shows progress in curbing incidents of student-related alcohol consumption.  The trustees adopted the alcohol prevention programs in 2001.

Overall, CSU campuses  reported decreases in students driving after consuming alcohol, the number of DUIs, alcohol-related misconduct, underage students who consume alcohol, and students who reported binge drinking.

Campuses also reported increases in the number of students who seek medical assistance for intoxicated friends, alcohol-free events, online personal drinking assessments, and beverage service training. A greater number of campuses report partnering with local law enforcement agencies to firmly enforce alcohol-related laws. Progress has also been made in correcting student misperceptions of alcohol consumption by their peers.

For the first time, the 2009 biennial report also included campus activities related to the prevention of tobacco use by students.  All campuses reported compliance with California's and the CSU's smoking policies and twenty campuses reported practices that exceed state and CSU policies. Two campuses even report prohibiting smoking on campus except for in strictly enforced designated areas. Press Release.