Alcohol education grant in action at The Citadel
Campus Alcohol and Drug Information Center has a new tool to reduce alcohol abuse
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Campus Alcohol and Drug Information Center (CADIC) at The Citadel is a department within the Office of the Commandant that educates cadets about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. The mission of CADIC is to enhance the well-being of cadets and students by decreasing risk factors contributing to substance abuse while empowering them to make healthy choices. This mission is achieved through services, programs, events and outreach that are now being enhanced by a three-year grant provided by the National College Athletic Association (NCAA).
The Citadel was recently awarded the NCAA CHOICES grant which will provide funding through 2017 to integrate athletics into campus-wide efforts to reduce alcohol abuse.
“The Citadel was selected for the grant along with other colleges and universities because alcohol use can be problematic on college campuses usually due to campus culture, alcohol outlet densities or other predisposing and reinforcing factors,” said CADIC Director, Kevin Modglin. “But the program is really about choices. Cadets and students are confronted with a variety of choices on a daily basis many of which have lasting effects on their lives.”
Modglin said the objective is to create a campus culture that empowers cadets and students to make well-informed choices about alcohol use that are reasonable, appropriate, and safe. “A necessary part of this task is the creation of a peer education team comprised of athletes, cadets, and students who will be used to role model low-risk choices and help facilitate educational programs,” Modglin said.
According to the organization’s website, “the misuse of alcohol by college students is of great concern to the NCAA. The association recognizes that the abuse of alcohol may occur in conjunction with athletics events and that athletics can be a partner with campus prevention efforts.” NCAA CHOICES programs target the broader student body rather than provide programs solely for student-athletes.
With this funding, CADIC will develop and facilitate programs including:
- Awareness and education—changing alcohol expectancies, developing life skills and increasing peer refusal skills.
- Early intervention—small, group activities with content developed to reduce the risk of substance use dependence.
- Environmental Change—changing misperceptions of alcohol use norms and sponsoring alcohol-free activities.
- Health protection—safe ride programs and designated driver programs.
The Citadel will receive the maximum award of $30,000 with payments made in annual installments of 15,000 for the first year, $10,000 for the second year, and $5000 for the third year. The intent of this payment schedule is to encourage the institutionalization of the campus project to continue engaging athletics in the broader campus prevention effort.