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College Alcohol Intervention Matrix (CollegeAIM)

CollegeAIM Guide & Website:

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.