Grant helps combat underage drinking


June 26, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has received a $40,000 Alcohol Education Grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to provide a comprehensive approach to reducing underage and dangerous drinking. The funding is for two years.

The program will include an online educational component, peer-to-peer education and strategic planning, said Renee Bateman, SRU health promotion coordinator for student health services.

Bateman said the purpose of the program is to have fewer negative consequences of drinking. This would be accomplished by increasing student learning and by creating a safer environment for students.

The project includes an online educational tool for incoming students and their parents that will cover the topics of alcohol, other drugs and sexual violence.

She said the University's proactive efforts are necessary, as recent student surveys have indicated that more than 53 percent of students believe drinking interferes with their life on or around campus.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board awarded $2.3 million to 65 municipalities, community groups, schools, colleges and universities and law enforcement agencies through the 2015-17 Alcohol Education Grant Program.

"We are very pleased to be able to provide this financial support to law enforcement and community- and school-based programs that combat underage and dangerous drinking. We know these grants will make a difference in people's lives," said Tim Holden, liquor control board chairman.

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