CollegeAIM - An Alcohol Intervention Matrix
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) developed the CollegeAIM guide and website to help college personnel choose wisely among the many potential interventions to address harmful and underage college student drinking.
The centerpiece of the guide is a user-friendly, matrix-based tool developed with input from leading college alcohol researchers, along with college student life and alcohol and other drug (AOD) program staff. This tool helps school officials easily use research-based information to select campus alcohol intervention strategies. The tool rates the relative effectiveness and other characteristics of nearly 60 strategies and helps you:
- Identify strategies most likely to reduce drinking and its harmful consequences,
- See how your current strategies compare with other options,
- Find new, research-based strategies to consider, and
- Select a combination of approaches that meets the needs of your students and campus.
What’s on this site?
To help you choose an appropriate mix of effective, evidence-based interventions, CollegeAIM contains two matrices: one for environmental-level interventions, that target the campus community and student population as a whole, and the other for interventions that target individual students, including those in higher-risk groups such as first-year students, student athletes, members of Greek organizations, and mandated students. Beyond rating the relative effectiveness of these strategies, the matrices provide estimates for anticipated costs, barriers to implementation, and other factors. For each intervention, you will find citations for related research, as well as potential resources.
This site also provides a strategy planning worksheet, answers to frequently asked questions, and a list of additional supporting resources.
REPORT: Prevention of DUI and Alcohol Risks on College Campuses
This page includes numerous resources for community and four year campus law enforcement officials to learn more about excessive campus alcohol use prevention efforts. These resources are being provided as part of a project by the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators to develop a pilot alcohol education initiative to prevent underage drinking and impaired driving by college students. The project is funded through the Highway Safety Office of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
Studies confirm the benefit of incorporating enforcement interventions into programs in colleges and communities directed at alcohol use among young people.
Publicized and intensive enforcement of minimum drinking age and drinking and driving laws as part of campus programs have led to significant reductions of BAC drinking and driving among teenagers and young adults.
The leadership and partnership of law enforcement on community and campus alcohol prevention coalitions is essential for success, mutual support, and consistent coordination of messaging and strategies.