College is a major life transition. Many students initiate or increase drinking during this time. Alcohol misuse is the number one health problem among college students - rates of misuse and harm related to drinking are highest among fraternity and sorority members. Together, fraternities, sororities and college administrators continue to make concerted efforts to tackle alcohol misuse at the chapter and individual member level.
Alcohol and other drugs have a significant presence on college campuses. Of the students taking part in the 2011 – 2013 Core Alcohol and Drug Survey:
In addition to the direct health consequences, safety risks for students exist as a result of drinking or drug use. The Core Alcohol and Drug survey also found:
• 32.2% of students reported some form of public misconduct (such as trouble with police, fighting/arguing, DWI/DUI, vandalism) at least once during the past year as a result of drinking or drug use.
• 21.8% of students reported experiencing some kind of personal problems (such as suicide ideation, being hurt or injured, trying unsuccessfully to stop using, sexual assault) at least once during the past year as a result of drinking or drug use.
The Fraternal Health and Safety Initiative (FHSI) Consortium Member Fraternities and Sororities understand the seriousness of alcohol and drug use and their related risks. To support efforts to reduce drinking rates and alcohol-related harmful consequences, the FHSI Staff collaborated with The Change Companies® to provide a specifically tailored “CHOICES” Program solely for our use. The FHSI Staff invite you to learn more about our use of the "CHOICES" Program by exploring Our Programming.
The additional information provided here is designed to support the FHSI's ongoing prevention efforts of the Consortium Member Fraternities' and Sororities' Education Programs. Should members or new members choose to drink alcohol, these resources detail basic information to assist in informed decision-making. The resources also have important information that every member should know regarding alcohol poisoning and taking appropriate measures before it is too late. This information can also be used by the executive leadership and chapter standards (accountability) committees as an educational sanction to address individual members’ actions that either break fraternity policy or cause the chapter embarrassment.