NIAAA works to prevent alcohol abuse

NIAAA works to prevent alcohol abuse

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College drinking has become a culture, according to the research done by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

According to www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov, 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related incidents a year.

The NIAAA created www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov, as a “one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students, with online tools for parents, students, administrators and more,” according to its web site.

The NIAAA recently gave a $2.5 million grant to two professors, Kim Fromme and Paige Harden from the University of Texas to research the genetics of alcohol abuse.

The grant will fund a previously supported project by Fromme and Harden entitled, “The UT Experience!” which followed more than 2,000 incoming UT freshman during six years.

That project yielded a paper, to be released next month, that shows the earlier that someone begins to drink in order to get intoxicated, the more likely it is that they will develop a heavy drinking problem later in life.

According to the article published by UT, “these findings and those from the new grant will have important implications for prevention and intervention for alcohol abuse and other hazardous behaviors among young adults.”

“Excessive drinking by young adults costs society an estimated $27 billion each year and is a leading cause of death in this age group,” Fromme said.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s (TAMUK) Student Handbook states: “Because of the university’s interest in the intellectual, physical and psychological well being of the campus community, it is important that the university take steps to curtail the abusive or illegal use of alcoholic beverages. This will be accomplished by educating members of the university community about the effects of misuse and use of alcohol, and enforcement.”

Alejandra Garza
Associate Editor