Focus on Efforts
- The importance of thinking long term when planning alcohol abuse prevention initiatives is to clearly define the issues associated with alcohol that are appropriate for being addressed on a campus, in their community setting and at a particular point in time. The long-term perspective provides a focus for the campus-based efforts as they are implemented. All too often, the focus is on short-term solutions. The overarching perspective should be that short- term solutions are not viable or appropriate for alcohol-related issue.
- The importance of having a student emphasis appears obvious; however, all too often efforts, while including students and directed at students, may not have the appropriate emphasis that achieves the desired outcomes. It is also a foundation of this document that students are not the sole focus of campus-based efforts; however, the over-riding concern is with student attitudes and behavior, as many of them are in a period of transition that involves intellectual, personal and social development. Thus, maintaining an emphasis upon students acknowledges a developmental perspective and reflects upon the primary focus of the academic institution.
For more information please refer to the Prevention Standards publication.