Partnership releases new comprehensive plan for 2013-16

BY KRISTEN EAST | MAY 09, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Partnership for Alcohol Safety received a draft of the University of Iowa's alcohol harm reduction plan for 2013-2016.

The current plan, adopted in 2010, expires this year.

Kelly Bender, the UI community harm reduction initiatives coordinator, said the group — composed of both UI and Iowa City officials — will receive a finalized plan later this summer. UI Vice President for Student Life Tom Rocklin has the final approval.

The 2013-2016 plan addresses five main goals:

• Attract more low-risk drinkers/abstainers
• More students remain low-risk drinkers/abstainers
• More high-risk drinkers lower their drinking while at UI
• More high-risk drinkers are accountable for upholding community expectations
• Institutionalize the commitment to evidence-based alcohol harm reduction efforts for long-term sustainability.

The plan will measure success by three different areas, among others. The plan aims to decrease the number of students engaging in high-risk drinking over a two-week period from the current 64.1 percent to 55 percent; decrease the average number of drinks per occasion from 6.26 to 4; and decrease the percent of students drinking 10 or more days per month from 29.8 percent to 20.

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