Sunday, August 29, 2010
I happened to be visiting Ramapo College in New Jersey the other evening and, in a hallway outside a counseling office, passed this display of literature aimed at reducing college drinking. Didn't have a chance to meet the counselor or ask questions, but it looked like a big step forward from my college days (eons ago). The bulletin board display points out that a large majority of students think that college students are heavy drinkers, whereas in fact, most students drink lightly. The false expectation likely promotes heavy drinking behavior and the accurate survey tends to put on the brakes. The display also includes handouts on alcohol and related issues. If material of this kind, backed by a proactive counseling staff and supported by the administration, had been available in my day, I might (might) have been spared three decades of alcoholic drinking.