High Risk Drinking

It’s quite a turnaround. In the late 90's, Florida State University was named the number one party school. Next week FSU will serve as an example on how to curb high risk drinking on college campuses nationwide.

This is what many incoming freshman think of when getting ready for college life, but a survey of FSU students suggests a new trend.

Rick Howell, FSU research associate, says, “There has been a 14 percent decrease from 2002 to 2004 of high risk drinking. Basically, they don't have five or more drinks when they go out.”

Howell says this wasn't by accident. For the past three years FSU has spearheaded a social norms campaign letting students know high risk drinking is not the norm.

Lanier Echols, an FSU freshman, says, “When I first came I thought there would be keg parties, and yes there are some, but it's not as big as I thought it would be.”

Named the number one party school several years ago, FSU now doesn't even rank in the top 20. Administrators say that alone will help graduates seeking jobs.

Thomas Bonfield, an FSU senior, says, “When you're competing against the party school image that is now especially undeserved, it's not representative of the education they get here.”

In the survey, 54 percent of students reported drinking responsibly by avoiding drinking games, eating while drinking, or not drinking at all.

The social norms campaign is just one part of a comprehensive plan FSU has in place to battle drinking.