StudentsNS review recommends ways to prevent heavy drinking on campus

February 28, 2014

Students Nova Scotia (StudentsNS) has released an alcohol safety review that makes 31 recommendations for student union programming and advocacy to reduce dangerous alcohol consumption among PSE students. The suggestions include banning advertising that promotes excessive consumption or associates sex with alcohol, creating an awareness campaign on the dangers of heavy drinking, lobbying the government to ban the sale of drinking-game paraphernalia in stores, and developing surveys at universities to track students' drinking practices. According to StudentsNS, the province’s heavy drinking rate is higher at 22.3% than the Canadian average (17.4%), and rates among students are even higher. Approximately 26% of NS university students report problems related either to their own drinking or that of others, compared to 19.5% of other Canadian university students. A 2012 report by the NS Department of Health and Wellness reveals similar stats on “harmful drinking” among NS youth. StudentsNS News Release | CTV Atlantic | Full Report