The consumption of alcohol on college campuses is a major concern; the health and behavior problems that often accompany drinking can have a dramatic effect on people’s lives. While alcohol use is common among most young adults in college, the bulk of college alcohol consumption takes place within Greek fraternities and sororities. Every year Greek members are tied to a host of alcohol related problems, including alcohol poisoning and sexual assault.
In an attempt to manage the growing problem, some schools are using unorthodox ideas for solutions, including alcohol bans, USA Today reports. The most common method colleges are implementing is to simply ban alcohol at fraternities.
Research has shown that fraternity members are more likely to consume alcohol and to have alcohol-related problems, compared to peers who are not members of Greek organizations, according to the article. Both schools and Greek organizations attempting to limit the effects of alcohol among members are using variations of alcohol bans.
North Carolina State University has banned alcohol at all fraternity events. Rutgers University is banning all fraternity and sorority parties for the remaining three weeks of the semester.
Outright alcohol bans have shown a lot of promise. Since the year 2000, the Phi Delta Theta fraternity has banned alcohol at all of its houses and the result was nothing short of remarkable. The fraternity has gained more members and more alumni support, as well as a rise in average GPA from 2.7 to 3.1, the article reports. The fraternity has seen a 65 percent decrease in the number of insurance claims filed against it.
“It’s interesting because today we’re attracting a more serious-minded student,” said Robert Biggs, Executive Vice President of Phi Delta Theta.
“The one common denominator was the use of alcohol,” said Biggs. “We believe that the number one problem on a college campus is the misuse of alcohol.”