The Postsecondary Education Partnership – Alcohol Harms (PEP–AH) is a partnership with
universities and colleges across Canada and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA). This group is collaborating to build an evidence-based framework for action to reduce harms related to alcohol consumption on campus. Member postsecondary institutions support campus teams, made up of students, staff and faculty, that aim to implement the PEP–AH framework.
PEP–AH members share strategies, producing a collection of best practices for reducing alcohol harms on Canadian university and college campuses, and will pull together research to help member institutions better understand the underlying issues.
PEP–AH works against an alarming backdrop. A survey of 43,780 students from 41 Canadian campuses, conducted by the Canadian Consortium of the American College Health Association — National College Health Assessment in 2016, identified many of the challenges faced by institutions: binge drinking with its associated harms is becoming more prevalent. Some key statistics include:
Drinking five or more drinks the last time they “partied” or socialized, reported by 36.7% of respondents;
Negative consequences from their drinking, most commonly:
Doing something they later regretted (38%);
Forgetting where they were or what they did (29.1%);
Having unprotected sex (24.2%);
Physically injuring themselves (18.4%); or
Poor academic performance (4.4%).
Today, the members of PEP–AH include:
[To be added]
PEP–AH at work
In partnership with CCSA, PEP-AH has developed a socio-ecological, evidence-based framework that includes five strategic areas with specific recommended initiatives and measurement indicators. This framework assists postsecondary educational institutions in making decisions on the application of alcohol policies and the regular evaluation of initiatives. Members also work together on research projects to inform community responses to the harms associated with excessive drinking at postsecondary institutions. The group will produce:
A report identifying common issues among students who drink in excess, and including policy options and recommendations;
Case studies and templates that inform a comprehensive campus and community approach to the development of a municipal alcohol policy; and
A forum for fostering the exchange of knowledge and experience among its member institutions and partners.
Be a part of it!
PEP–AH is actively inviting institutions to join and establish their own campus team of students, staff and faculty to develop an institutional implementation and measurement plan based on the PEP–AH framework and report back on their strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm on Canadian campuses. For more information, please see Background to PEP–AH.
Be a part of the Canada-wide effort.