Examining the Effects of a National Alcohol-Free Fraternity Housing Policy
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This investigation examined the effectiveness of an alcohol-free fraternity housing policy on the risky alcohol use of members of a national fraternity (N=718). Comparisons of members in chapters with fraternity housing (FH) and those in chapters without housing (NFH) over time revealed no policy-related effects on measures of alcohol use. Among FH members, comparisons of those who lived in fraternity housing and those who lived in other housing also found no effects. FH members reported that the policy was implemented moderately well; however, it may have shifted alcohol use from fraternity housing to other settings.
Editors’ Strategic Implications: The results of this study will be of interest to national and local fraternity administrators, campus student affairs and dean of students offices, and substance use counselors in various settings. For fraternity and possibly other college student populations, an alcohol-free housing policy appears to be a strategy that does not work.
KEY WORDS:alcohol-free policy fraternity university multi-level
This study was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (RO1 AA012532). We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of colleagues Bernadette Campbell, Karin Davis, Joe Gertig, John Kennedy, Mary Kliesch, Joy Kosman, Bill Luckey, Sanjeev Sridharan, Anne Worthen, and Nicole Yoshida. Some of the findings from this paper were previously presented at the meeting of the American Evaluation Association in Arlington, VA (November 2002).
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