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UW System Will Conduct Survey
About Alcohol and Drug Use

RELEASED: Feb. 12, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin System will conduct a survey of undergraduate students this month to better understand the impacts of alcohol and other drug use by UW students.

The UW System Alcohol and Other Drug Use Survey will gather information via a Web-based survey. Randomly selected students will be sent an e-mail the weekend of Feb. 24-25 asking them to complete an online survey. The survey is voluntary and answers will remain anonymous.

The survey is designed to examine trends in alcohol and drug use, student perceptions of use and consequences of use. The results will help university leaders work with students to determine what kinds of campus health programming and services are most beneficial.

"We encourage all students who are asked to participate in this survey to share their experiences, thoughts and observations about alcohol and drug use," said Peggy O'Halloran, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Alcohol Studies and Education. "Students can help improve campus polices and programs by taking time to share their points of view."

Students who participate in the online survey will receive an instant analysis of the impacts of their own alcohol use, including an estimate of their average peak blood-alcohol concentration, and how their level of use compares to students nationally.

The survey is part of a Systemwide Board of Regents directive to assess the levels of student alcohol and drug abuse and the effectiveness of AODA programs.

The UW System alcohol survey is sent to students on campuses throughout the System in odd numbered years. UW-Eau Claire conducts a separate alcohol and other drug survey of its students during even numbered years.

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