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Battling Booze on College Campuses

Web site helps students track drinking patterns

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- An interactive drinking prevention program will be available this school year to students at Harvard University, the University of Florida and 24 other American colleges and universities.

MyStudentBody.com was created by Inflexxion Inc., an interactive health communications company, with support from the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Students using MSB complete a risk assessment profile and then receive immediate, personalized motivational feedback. They can create a personal, confidential, password-protected profile to track their own alcohol consumption. That lets them compare their weekly alcohol consumption to national averages.

MSB offers students statistical research and advice and lets them access experts and read the latest alcohol-related news.

"Personalizing information and tactics is key to alcohol abuse prevention. MyStudentBody.com is an engaging and important resource that we feel will help strengthen our existing efforts, and one we hope University of Florida undergraduates will return to again and again," says Tavis Glassman, coordinator of the Campus Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at the University of Florida Health Education Department, in a statement.

A recent NIAAA report revealed the seriousness of alcohol abuse on American campuses. Each year there are 1,400 alcohol-related deaths, 500,000 injuries, 70,000 sexual assaults and 2.1 million cases of impaired driving.

More information

Learn more about the problem of college drinking and prevention at the NIAAA.

SOURCE: Inflexxion, Inc., news release, October 2002
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