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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Reading, writing ... and saying no to another drink


College freshman have a lot to learn. Now they can add to that list lessons about the dangers of alcohol.

More than 500 campuses around the country are using AlcoholEdu, a program designed by Needham-based Outside the Classroom, to teach freshmen about alcohol consumption. Many colleges have experienced alcohol-related deaths, and administrators don't want to see it happen again.

So far, administrators say, the program has made a difference in student behavior. Schools in the Bay Area reported that there were fewer students transported to the hospital due to alcohol consumption, and fewer police citations for possession of alcohol, the San Francisco Chronicle reports today.

-- Erica Tochin

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