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UW-Eau Claire Students to Participate in Alcohol Survey

RELEASED: Feb. 18, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — Randomly selected University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students will receive a survey later this month that is designed to help campus and UW System leaders better understand the impact of alcohol and other drug use by students.

The UW System Alcohol and Other Drug Use Survey will gather information via a Web-based survey. Randomly selected students at all UW System campuses will be sent an e-mail Feb. 28 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 Jennifer Lee, director of the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education at UW-Eau Claire. "Students can help improve campus policies and programs by taking time to share their points of view."

Students who elect to 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 of students nationally.

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

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