A study reviewing 25 years of data has found that alcohol intervention and education are almost entirely useless tools when it comes to limiting the drinking habits of men in fraternities.

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Researchers at Brown University—explains the American Psychological Association (APA)—“conducted a meta-analysis of 15 studies looking at 21 different interventions involving 6,026 total participants (18 percent women) who were members of fraternities and sororities.”

They found no significant difference between students who received an intervention and those who did not for alcohol consumption per week or month, frequency of heavy drinking, frequency of drinking days or alcohol-related problems. In some cases, alcohol consumption even increased after an intervention.

“We expected that providing Greek members with a thoughtfully designed and carefully administered alcohol intervention would reduce consumption and problems relative to no intervention,” says study’s lead researcher, Lori Scott-Sheldon, PhD. BUT:

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“Current intervention methods appear to have limited effectiveness in reducing alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems among fraternity and possibly sorority members. Stronger interventions may need to be developed for student members of Greek letter organizations.”

Further research is needed to conclude whether or not alcohol intervention is equally ineffective with sororities, but we do know that alcohol consumption is involved in a high number of accidents and crimes that occur on American campuses.

Ben Guarino at the Washington Post writes:

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In 2014, some 1,800 college students died from drinking-related causes, drunk students perpetrated 696,000 assaults and close to 100,000 students were sexually assaulted or raped in incidents involving alcohol, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s rough estimate. Not all events involved college fraternities, but because brothers are more likely to drink more heavily than their peers, the fraternal enthusiasm for drinking is a prime target for intervention.

But frat boys aren’t particularly into giving up beer pong and keg stands.

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Via the APA:

Changing patterns of alcohol use by members of these organizations may be more difficult than changing them among regular university students because these students are part of an environment in which alcohol plays a central social role.

Also, the sky is blue and solo cups are red.


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