The Postsecondary Education Partnership – Alcohol Harms (PEP-AH) supports Canada-wide efforts to reduce the harms related to alcohol consumption on campus. The members of PEP-AH — representatives from postsecondary institutions across Canada — come together to combine their knowledge and expertise in a forum within which implementation efforts and results will be shared, discussed and reported.
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 in 2016, identified many of the challenges faced by institutions: binge drinking is becoming more prevalent, bringing with it the associated harms, including physical injuries and assault.
On binge drinking 36.7% of respondents reporting drinking five or more drinks the last time they “partied.” On the harms of binge drinking, the following negative consequences were most commonly reported:
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%); and
Poor academic performance (4.4%).
The Postsecondary Education Partnership 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 alcohol policies and in evaluating their initiatives.
Members also work together on research projects that will 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 framework and report back on their strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm on Canadian campuses.