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College Drinking and Drug Use

Edited by Helene Raskin White, David L. Rabiner

Guilford Press – 2012 – 306 pages

Series: Duke Series in Child Development and Public Policy

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Substance use among college students can result in serious academic and safety problems and have long-term negative repercussions. This state-of-the-art volume draws on the latest research on students’ alcohol and drug use to provide useful suggestions for how to address this critical issue on college campuses. Leading researchers from multiple disciplines examine the prevalence and nature of substance use by students; biological and neuropsychological considerations; psychological and social aspects; prevention; and policy. Exemplary programs are presented—including brief interventions, comprehensive prevention programs, and recovery support programs—enhancing the utility of the book for campus-based clinicians and administrators.


"The book is a greatly appreciated academic source that informs the subject and allows the reader to ascertain more knowledge of extensive theory and research into the area of drinking and drug use within a student population." - Ashley Howard, Addiction Today, No 37, March 2013

"This is an important contribution for professionals who work in the college or university milieu, as well as instructors who teach courses on substance abuse. The book presents up-to-date information and current best practices. While it is well recognized that college students are at risk for substance use problems, the difficulties around prevention are legion. 'Lecturing at' college students is only marginally effective, but this book describes interventions that work! By introducing the concept that colleges and universities would benefit greatly by creating recovering communities, the book beckons the reader to the future of college-level substance use programming and opens up a whole new topic for pedagogy." - Joy G. Willmott, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA

"A 'must-have' for every practitioner, administrator, or policy maker committed to reducing problems associated with college drinking and drug use, this essential resource guides college and university professionals to effectively bring theory to practice. Comprehensively reviewing the latest scientific research in the field, the book focuses on ways to change both college drinking culture and individuals' high-risk behaviors." - Diane Fedorchak, Center for Health Promotion, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA


White, Rabiner, College Drinking and Drug Use: Introductory Comments. Part I: The Scope of the Problem. Schulenberg, Patrick, Historical and Developmental Patterns of Alcohol and Drug Use Among College Students: Framing the Problem. McCabe, Cranford, Teter, Rabiner, Boyd, Use, Misuse, and Diversion of Scheduled Prescription Medications by College Students. Part II: Biological and Neuropsychological Aspects of Substance Use. Medina, Tapert, Chronic Effects of Heavy Alcohol and Marijuana Use on the Brain and Cognition in Adolescents and Young Adults. Bates, Buckman, Emotional Dysregulation in the Moment: Why Some College Students May Not Mature Out of Hazardous Alcohol and Drug Use. Part III: Psychological and Social Aspects of Substance Use. Reich, Goldman, Drinking in College Students and Their Age Peers: The Role of Anticipatory Processes. Fromme, Quinn, The Effects of Alcohol on Other Behavioral Risks. Vergés, Sher, Personality and Contextual Factors in College Students’ Drinking. Part IV: Prevention and Intervention Strategies. Cronce, Larimer, Brief Individual-focused Alcohol Interventions for College Students. Walters, Lee, Walker, Brief Interventions for Marijuana Use. Martens, Alcohol Interventions for College Student-athletes. Saltz, Community and Environmental Prevention Interventions. Kilmer, Bailie, The Impact of College Student Substance Use: Working with Students on Campus. Laitman, Stewart, Campus Recovery Programs. Part V: Policy Issues. Cook, Gearing, The Minimum Legal Drinking Age: 21 as an Artifact. Saltz, Fell, Balancing Cost and Benefits of the Minimum Legal Drinking Age: A Response to Cook and Gearing.

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Edited by Helene Raskin White, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA, and David L. Rabiner, Duke University, North Carolina, USA

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Description: Edited by Helene Raskin White, David L. Rabiner. Substance use among college students can result in serious academic and safety problems and have long-term negative repercussions. This state-of-the-art volume draws on the latest research on students’ alcohol and drug use to provide useful...
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