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Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
Survey shows CSUS efforts to reduce
drinking, smoking are paying off
Once again, a survey
of students at California State University, Sacramento reveals a campus with
much lower alcohol abuse and far fewer smokers than at campuses nationwide.
The preliminary findings from a spring survey of 1,400 CSUS students shows 39
percent hadn’t used alcohol in the prior month, compared to 20 percent
nationally. Overall, 22 percent of CSUS students said they had never used alcohol
and 70 percent had never smoked, compared to 17 percent and 57 percent nationally.
The survey was created by the American College Health Association, and conducted
at CSUS by students and staff.
It bolsters findings from last year’s Core Alcohol and Drug Survey, which
showed 29 percent of CSUS students had “binged” (drank five drinks
at a sitting) in the prior two weeks, compared to 42 percent nationwide. That
survey showed CSUS students drink, on average, just half the number of drinks
as their counterparts each week. Also in that survey, 65 percent of CSUS students
agreed that the campus social atmosphere does not promote alcohol use.
The new survey from spring showed the already low binge drinking rate has declined
another 1.3 percent. And 64 percent of CSUS students reported never using marijuana,
while 85 percent hadn’t used marijuana in the last month.
Another promising finding for campus officials working to promote responsible
alcohol use was that 95 percent of CSUS students had used “protective
behaviors” – including alternating alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks,
setting a drink limit, using a designated driver, having a friend tell them
when they’ve had enough, tracking how much they drank, drinking one or
fewer drinks each hour, avoiding drinking games, and drinking non-alcoholic
For more, contact the CSUS student activities office at (916) 278-6595 or the
University’s alcohol, tobacco and other drug education program at (916)
278-5422. For media assistance, contact CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.
California State University, Sacramento Public Affairs
6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 (916) 278-6156