Both Missouri Western State University and Northwest Missouri State University have been longtime members of the Partners in Prevention.
The statewide coalition of 21 campuses was created in 2000, with the goal of addressing high-risk drinking behaviors that negatively affect the health and safety of college students at Missouri institutions.
PIP members like Dave Brown, the director of counseling at Missouri Western, meet on a monthly basis for training and networking sessions that address topics such as binge drinking, safe driving behaviors, suicide prevention, problem gambling and tobacco cessation.
“But PIP’s initial impetus was binge drinking and it continues to be our primary concern,” Brown said. “It’s something we need to continue having a dialogue about because we have a new group coming in every fall who need to know the consequences of this kind of behavior.”
High-risk drinking behaviors have been directly linked to an array of negative outcomes including alcohol poisoning, physical assault, sexual abuse, unintentional injury, and can increase the risk of reproductive health issues and certain kinds of cancers and heart disease.