45 Years of Data Shows Drug and Alcohol Misuse Efforts on Campus

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Making a Reasonable Difference on Campus


In this month’s article, Dr. David Anderson focuses on the importance of data and its implications for preventing alcohol and drug misuse among college students. He discusses how his desire to learn about alcohol problems on college campuses nearly 45 years ago prompted him to begin collecting survey data.

Dr. Anderson states, "Addressing drug and alcohol misuse on our campuses is not only important, but also it is critical for the health and vibrancy of our institutions and our personnel ... We can – and we must – do much more and do much better."

This data, collected from 1979-2021, has provided rich insights about college campus efforts to reduce drug and alcohol misuse and identified opportunities to improve. Read the article to learn more about the data gathered and what you can do to make a difference.

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Dr. David Anderson

Dr. David Anderson is Professor Emeritus of Education and Human Development at George Mason University.

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