Findings from The Miriam Hospital and The Brown University Centre for Alcohol and Addiction Studies reveal that alcohol interventions do not work for fraternity or sorority members. The study, published on May 16 in the journal Health Psychology, states that these college students did not reduce their alcohol intake despite the interventions, indicating the need for more robust solutions.

“Research shows that interventions delivered to heavier drinkers can produce strong and enduring reductions in alcohol consumption,” asserts Lori Scott-Sheldon, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour at Brown University and a senior research scientist in The Miriam Hospital’s Centres for Behavioural and Preventive Medicine. “But what is working for the broader college student population has been less effective for fraternity and sorority members, and we need to refine or create new interventions that work better for these students.”

No matter what disciplinary procedures universities or other organisations throw at these student members of Greek letter organisations, alcohol abuse remains to be prevalent among the group. Consequently, alcohol misuse persists to be a serious problem in the US that need to be solved soon before it gets out of hand.

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Alcohol interventions do not work among fraternity or sorority members. Credit: Pixabay/kuzsapro

The researchers recommend focusing on the students’ beliefs about what alcohol consumption may lead to. On the other hand, simply utilising skills training or asking a student to set his goals, as what many alcohol interventions currently address, is that effective in comparison to the student’s perceived consequences.

The study involved analysing reports of alcohol interventions conducted from 1987 to 2014 among college students. The team says further studies are still needed.

“It is important to note that nearly 80 percent of the samples were fraternity members,” says Scott-Sheldon. “More data are needed on the efficacy of interventions for members of sororities especially given that studies have shown sorority women are more likely to experience sexual assault than non-sorority women.”