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Table 6 Prevalence of College Alcohol Policies and Policy Attributes

From: The epidemiology of college alcohol and gambling policies

Policy & Policy Attributes Prevalence % (N)
School has a written policy on alcohol use 100 (117)
Policy states that alcohol is prohibited for students <21 97.4 (114)
Policy on alcohol use on-campus for students ≥ 21 87.2 (102)
Policy addresses alcohol at sanctioned on-campus events for students ≥ 21 68.4 (80)
Campus makes referrals to an off-campus recovery program for students with alcohol use disorders 57.3 (67)
Policy addresses alcohol container restrictions on-campus 50.4 (59)
Policy makes clear how the campus informs students of the official school alcohol policy 43.6 (51)
Campus operates a recovery program for students with alcohol use disorders 28.2 (33)
School alcohol policy defers in full to local law 26.5 (31)
Policy addresses alcohol quantity limits (i.e., total alcohol available) at on-campus sanctioned events 26.5 (31)
School offers alcohol-free campus housing 22.2 (26)
Restrictions on off-campus alcohol use for students ≥ 21 21.4 (25)
Attendance restrictions for on-campus sanctioned events 20.5 (24)
Policy on students who develop an alcohol problem after entry 10.3 (12)
Policy on alcohol quantity limits (i.e., total alcohol available) at off-campus sanctioned events 8.5 (10)
Policy on students who enter alcohol recovery while attending 7.7 (9)
Attendance restrictions for off-campus sanctioned events 7.7 (9)
Policy on students who are in alcohol recovery upon entry 6.0 (7)
Policy on alcohol container restrictions off-campus 6.0 (7)
Policy permits students in an alcohol recovery program to live in a dormitory on campus 5.1 (6)
Policy on students who have an alcohol problem upon entry 3.4 (4)
Alcohol is prohibited off-campus for students ≥ 21 3.4 (4)
Policy permits students a leave of absence to participate in a recovery program 1.7 (2)
Policy Factor Mean Prevalence (%)
Factor 2 – Prohibition policies 92.3
Factor 8 – Recovery facilitation 42.8
Factor 3 – Policies for legal-aged drinkers 35.9
Factor 4 – Limits and restrictions – on-campus 33.0
Factor 1 – School policy and the law 26.5
Factor 5 – Events policies 16.5
Factor 7 – Recovery recognition policies 6.5
Factor 6 – Limits and restrictions – off-campus 5.4
  1. Recovery-oriented policy; Recovery-oriented factor
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