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Grapevine : September 2011
College establishes alcohol collaborative Dartmouth College will col- laborate with 13 other col- leges and universities on a new initiative, the Learning Collaborative on High-Risk Drinking that was created to address alcohol use on campuses across the country, according to Col- lege President Jim Yong Kim. e Collaborative is an information exchange partnership that will track the progress of initia- tives designed to reduce harmful alcohol-related incidents and binge drink- ing, Kim said. Boston University, Cornell University, Duke University, Northwestern University, Ohio Univer- sity, Princeton University, Purdue University, Stan- ford University, Wesleyan University, the University of Wyoming, Stony Brook University, Frostburg State University and Se- wanee: e University of the South also joined the Collaborative. e Center for Disease Control and Prevention identified binge drinking among young people as a "huge public health threat" that has yet to be addressed, Kim said. By working with members at the CDC, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Na- tional Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Collaborative plans to apply the quality-im- provement model to the issue of binge drinking. "Our goal is quite simple" Kim said, "we want to see dramatic reductions in harm and the overall level of binge drinking on every single campus." Source: Dartmouth College, May 2011 Higher education targets binge drinking among students rose to 10 percent for those with mod- erate mental illness and 13.2 percent for those with serious mental illness. "Mental and substance use disorders o en go hand in hand," said SAMHSA Administrator, Pamela S. Hyde. "Co- occurring mental illness and substance use disorders are to be expected, not considered the exception. Unfortu- nately, signs and symptoms of these behavioral health conditions are o en missed by individuals, their friends and family members and unnoticed by health professionals. e results can be devastating and costly to our society." Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), June 2011 e purpose of these pages is to o er information that may further readers' understand- ing of the medical, legal and social aspects of alcoholism; the severity and international scope of the illness; and the worldwide e orts being made to combat it. Publication here does not imply endorsement or a liation. AA does not conduct or participate in research, nor does it hold any opinion on research conducted by others. aagrapevine.org 61