University Alcohol Policy: Findings from Mixed Methods Research and Implications for Students’ Drinking Practices

  • Rose LeontiniEmail author
  • Toni Schofield
  • Julie Hepworth
  • John Germov


This chapter explores the role of organisational policy in creating drinking environments in higher education and the associated barriers to harm minimisation. Drawing from the Alcohol Use and Harm Minimisation Among Australian University Students project which includes data from over 3000 students, college management and organisational alcohol policies, the chapter examines the relationship between policy and practice. Key findings include: drinking cultures are normative in higher education; students’ heavy drinking at college and university events is linked to the policy approach adopted by their institutions; residential college alcohol policies reduce opportunities for harm minimisation; and government policies play a significant role in harm reduction.



We gratefully acknowledge the funding support from the Australian Research Council (Linkage grant no. LP100100471) and our industry partners, University Colleges Australia, NSW Department of Health and Victorian Department of Health.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rose Leontini
    • 1
    Email author
  • Toni Schofield
    • 2
  • Julie Hepworth
    • 3
  • John Germov
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Public Health and Community MedicineUNSW SydneyKensingtonAustralia
  2. 2.School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and HealthThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.MRI-UQ Centre for Health System Reform and IntegrationThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  4. 4.Faculty of Education and ArtsUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia

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