High risk drinking and its secondhand effects have widespread consequences on our campus and community, including those who choose not to drink.
The Harvard College Alcohol Study consistently showed that a high level of the Lehigh student population was negatively affected by the drinking of other students.
These secondhand effects included:
- Experienced an unwanted sexual advance
- "Babysitting" drunk friends
- Being insulted or humiliated
- Being pushed, hit or assaulted
- Having studying/sleeping interrupted
The same survey also documented problems among the students who chose to drink excessively. They included:
- Missing classes
- Doing something they regret
- Forgetting where they were and what they did
- Having unplanned and unprotected sex
- Getting behind in school work
At Lehigh, the AMOD program focused its environmental approach on changes in university policy; stronger and more consistent collaboration between Lehigh University's Police Department and Bethlehem Police; reducing alcohol advertising and promotion; offering Responsible Alcohol Management Programs (RAMP), which offers server and manager training for responsible beverage service; curbs on selling alcohol to students without proof of age; and alcohol-free activities and residence halls.
By helping to reduce the negative secondhand effects of high risk drinking, the AMOD program hoped that it could help more students reach their full potential and enhance the educational experience for everyone.