University Teaching Students Responsible Drinking

The University of Missouri at Columbia offers a six week non-credit course to teach students responsible drinking behaviors. Offered by the Student Health Center, “Drinking Smart is an interactive program that helps people evaluate whether or not they drinking they are involved in is a problem.”

Students in the course discuss alternatives to drinking, how to monitor and pace alcohol intake and how to identify triggers of high-risk alcohol consumption, according to Dr. Susan O’Neill, course instructor. The course also helps students identify what, when and how they drink.

The lion’s share of students on campus consume alcohol in a responsible way, Dr. O’Neill says. However some students have experienced negative consequences as a result of their drinking. They may believe that there aren’t many students like them, but one of the goals of the course is to bring such students together.


  • Allen, Silas. Responsible drinking class offered. The Maneater, February 24, 2006.

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