26.2 Alcohol Harm Reduction

  1. High-risk drinking is a serious public health issue and can jeopardize the health and well-being of UI students. For widespread and sustained change on this important public health issue, the university community considers initiatives beyond educating students on how to make more responsible choices with alcoholic beverages. Since 2010, the University of Iowa has had a written Alcohol Harm Reduction Plan, grounded in comprehensive, evidence-based, environmental, and individual-based strategies.
  2. As outlined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA),* there are five strategic objectives that guide the University of Iowa's efforts at the institutional level:
    1. Offer and promote social, recreational, extracurricular, and public service options that do not include alcoholic beverages and other drugs;
    2. Create a social, academic, and residential environment that supports health-promoting norms;
    3. Limit alcoholic beverage availability;
    4. Restrict marketing and promotion of alcoholic beverages; and
    5. Develop and enforce campus policies.

* NIAAA College Task Force, Reducing Alcohol Problems on Campus: A Guide to Planning and Evaluation, April 2002