March 04, 2016 - 11:59 AM
KELOWNA – UBC Okanagan is getting a share of $400,000 from the government to better understand why some students drink too much alcohol.
The money goes to 11 post-secondary institutions in B.C. and comes from a project led by the Centre for Addictions Research and the Canadian Mental Health Association.
A media release from the Provincial government says a 2013 National College Health survey reported 39 per cent of students who drank alcohol said they later regretted something they did when drinking.
“Excessive use of alcohol can negatively affect a student’s post-secondary experience and lead to future challenges with addiction,” Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission says in the release. “Projects like this one at UBC Okanagan will help encourage moderation and other healthy choices that can last a lifetime.”
Project researchers will work with student leaders, students in residence and those in their first year to create a wider range of resources and strategies.
The Province also offers Alcohol Sense, a comprehensive suite of online resources to help parents educate and guide their children to make healthy decisions about alcohol through critical thinking and conversation.
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