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Colleges Assess National Binge Drinking Project

Two years after Dartmouth College created a national project to address binge drinking, participating campuses are taking stock of what's worked and what hasn't.

The National College Health Improvement Project is designed to help participants scientifically measure their progress and spread their strategies to other campuses. It promotes a model that boils down to this: pilot something small, see if it works, tweak it if necessary and then scale it up.

With that in mind, the University of Vermont has started sending emails to parents before big party weekends or events urging them to touch base with their children about high-risk drinking. At the University of New Hampshire, health officials served free breakfast to Homecoming tailgaters to remind students to keep their stomachs full and stay hydrated while drinking.