Years of collaboration, research, and reviews of scientific literature have brought to fruition a new resource to address harmful and underage student drinking. Developed by the NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), the CollegeAIM (Alcohol Intervention Matrix) guide and website serves as a tool to help school personnel identify the most effective strategies for alcohol intervention.
“Despite our collective efforts to address it, high-risk drinking remains a significant and persistent problem on U.S. campuses,” said George Koob, Ph.D., NIAAA director. “While college officials have numerous options for alcohol interventions, they are not all equally effective. CollegeAIM can help schools choose wisely among available strategies, boosting their chances for success and helping them improve the health and safety of their students.”
CollegeAIM provides information on nearly 60 types of evidence-based interventions, which can be compared based on anticipated costs, effectiveness, barriers to implementation and other factors. The website provides an interactive strategy planning worksheet, FAQ’s on a variety of related topics, and additional resources. There are two matrices provided by CollegeAIM which can be used to help plan the best course of action for dealing with student drinking:
The NIAAA states that CollegeAIM relies heavily on up-to-date research so will continue to evolve with the discovery of new evidence-based research findings. To keep it current, the guide and website will be updated about every two years.