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I’d like to express my thanks and appreciation to all the concerned students across the country whose forthright contributions have made this book what it is – an honest look at the impact of alcohol and other drug use on college students. In particular, the students of Keene State College provided me with valuable insights into the problems and concerns of college students. 


Special thanks go to the Prevention Research Institute, especially Ray Daugherty and Terry O’Bryan. Their Prime for Life program and the Lifestyle Risk Reduction Process have provided effective abuse prevention strategies for not only college students but children and adults alike. Much of the information in this book regarding the risks for impairment problems and the development of an alcohol use disorders is based on their dedicated work throughout the country. Their permission to use this material is greatly appreciated.


The Core Institute, the Higher Education Center and the Harvard School of Public Health continue to provide college prevention specialists with valuable program support and critical data regarding campus alcohol issues. Their professional work is appreciated by all of us who are conducting campus prevention programs. Other folks whose support and inspiration I sincerely appreciate are Dr. Will Keim, author, professional speaker, educator and mentor; Dr. Delina Hickey, former Vice President for Student Affairs at Keene State College; Carole Middlebrooks from the University of Georgia; Dr. Jerry Dugal; Mona Anderson and Peter Lake. And, a very special thank you goes to Denis, Mary, Mairead, Ryan and Pauline.


This third edition includes information about two programs that have developed a very high profile since the release of the second edition.  The University of Arizona C.A.T.S. Life Skills Program, along with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and leading national experts, have developed the Step UP! Be a Leader, Make a Difference program. Step UP! is a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others. 


Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) is an education and intervention program for college students who drink alcohol heavily and have experienced or are at risk for experiencing alcohol-related problems. BASICS has been developed and implemented through the dedicated work of Dr. George Parks and Dr. Jason Kilmer from the University of Washington.


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