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April 9, 2002
DH-02-TK-028
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cal State University, Dominguez Hills President James E. Lyons Sr.
Joins National Effort to Stop Alcohol Abuse by College Students

A Call to Action: Changing the Culture of Drinking at the U.S. Colleges

Carson, CA - California State University, Dominguez Hills President James E. Lyons, Sr. joined educators and doctors from across the nation Tuesday, April 9 at 9 a.m., at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. as they called on all college and university students to dramatically change their thinking and approach to drinking and alcohol abuse.

Speaking as a member of a special National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Task Force of university presidents on the research and consequences of alcohol abuse among college students, President Lyons said, "We are approaching a critical stage in the history of our nation's universities as more and more young students expose themselves to and experience the dangerous activity of binge drinking," Lyons asserted. "We are calling on all college and university students from the east coast to the west to make the necessary behavioral changes needed to result in the reduction of alcohol abuse and the corresponding impact on life and personal property."

Lyons noted the Task Force concluded that drinking rates are highest among incoming freshmen, males, members of fraternities, sororities and athletes. The Task Force also concluded that students who attend two-year institutions, religious schools, commuter schools, predominately or historically black colleges and universities drink the least. "Our study reveals that drinking by college students ages 18-24 contributes to an estimated 1,400 student deaths, 500,000 injuries, and 70,000 cases of sexual assault or date rape each year," Lyons stated. He said the study also estimates more than one-fourth of college students within that age range have driven in the past year while under the influence of alcohol.

"We take the issue of alcohol abuse very seriously within the 23 campuses of the California State University System," Lyons said as he addressed the audience of national press corps members. "Our CSU System will hold an Alcohol Advisory Council 2002 Education Conference on April 12 to explore the ways that we as a university system can address this problem head on and provide the guidance and deterrence to alcohol abuse that our students need." Lyons said Dr. Janet Niederman, Student Health & Psychological Services at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills will serve as the presenter for the discussion entitled, "Moselle, A Model for Designing Effective Programs."

Media Note: Please contact Thomas Knox, (310) 243-3367 for additional information on the study released by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. More information is available from the NIAAA at www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov

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