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Chapel Hill, NC  27599-6210
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Oct. 6, 2003 -- No.  520

UNC study demonstrates student drinking low, can be cut further

News conference
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1:30 p.m.
UNC Highway Safety Research Center Conference Room
Bolin Creek Center - 730 Airport Road, Suite 300, Chapel Hill

Results of a unique and revealing study on how student drinking is exaggerated and how campuses can reduce it further will be announced Wednesday (Oct. 8) at a news conference at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The briefing will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Conference Room of the UNC Highway Safety Research Center at the Bolin Creek Center at 730 Airport Road, Suite 300, in Chapel Hill.

Dr. Robert D. Foss, manager of alcohol studies at the center, will describe study methods and findings. The work involved randomly testing studentsí blood alcohol contents with breath analyzers when they returned to their residences on weekday and weekend evenings and then publicizing the results in a special education program to let students know that most of their peers drank only modestly or nothing at all, even on traditional "party" nights. Researchers then tested the program to learn whether it reduced drinking among students further and found it did.

Reporters can park in the R7 parking lots located at 730 and 720 Airport Road at the Bolin Creek Center.

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Highway safety center contact: Shawna Browne, (919) 962-7803

News Services contacts: David Williamson, (919) 962-8596, or Karen Moon, 962-8595 (broadcast)