Thanks for joining us. Kerri Miller is starting up with her intro of the subject. First the news.
Lots of attention on binge drinking -- but numbers aren't going down. What to do?
Around 20 colleges have campus recover programs, Host Kerri Miller says.
How big is drinking on your campus? What is the administration doing about it? Is it tough to stay sober on campus? Let us know, Kerri says.
Introducing the guests, starting with Harris.
KM: So many campuses do little. Why is your campus doing this?
KH: Our program has been here for 25 years or so.
(By the way, programs I've read about include: Texas Tech, Augsburg, St. Cloud State, University of Michigan, Penn State, College of the Ozarks (Missouri), Rutgers, University of Vermont. Programs are planned for Southern Methodist University (Texas), and New York University (with the help of Minnesota’s Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center))
KH: Students told us they couldn't study and stay sober. It was just too tough.
KH: Parents are a little nervous at first. They've gone through so much with their kids, and they're not sure they want to let them loose on campus.
Caller: In school for 5 years, 23 years old. See a lot of binge drinking with my friends, but they grow out of it. You're right, it's an atmosphere that enables those who DON'T grow out of it. It's hard to stay apart from it.
You get ridiculed, she says. And you hear about all the cool things that happened on the weekend among the drinkers.
KM: How do you address that sense of isolation?
KH: The isolation is the part we fight. That's the focus of the program. It provides students with a place where they feel they belong. It's normal college -- minus the chemicals. It's a tough thing to do in a large university, especially one with 30,000 students.
Caller: I saw a lot of alcohol abuse among students -- and carrying the partying over into every part of school life.
KM: That Monday morning story-telling is tough. What does Texas Tech do about it?
KH: Our students do everything that all college students do -- games, BBQs, parties, gatherings -- just without the alcohol.
KH: Remember -- A lot of students DON'T REMEMBER what happened on Saturday night.
KM: How do you intervene at Texas Tech?
KH: Our presence is known on campus, but in a very subtle way we've been able to be good role models.
KH: We've had some influence. Our students talk about themselves and recover in class. They join clubs -- so I think they do influence behavior in a subtle way. But it's not an active intervention role.
(I'd love to hear about the fraternity and sorority angle)
Bringing in Ken Winters now.