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A Sober Look at Alcohol Abuse

MU to develop a strategic plan to reduce high-risk drinking on campus.

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On April 17, 2014, MU and community leaders met for the Alcohol Summit Think Tank on the MU campus to begin a conversation and develop a strategic plan to reduce high-risk drinking on campus. The plan will integrate MU, Stephens College, Columbia College and community youth prevention efforts, says Kim Dude, BS Ed ’74, M Ed ’76, director of the MU Wellness Resource Center.

In 2013, of the more than 34,000 students enrolled at MU, 86 percent drank regularly, according to a Missouri College Health Behavior Survey. The study sampled 3,341 MU undergraduates.

Through outreach programs, the wellness center has helped lower alcohol intake on campus, studies show. But some students continue to go too far. Although binge drinking (consuming five or more drinks within two hours for men and four for women) has declined in recent years, 37 percent of MU students still engage in this high-risk behavior, the survey showed.