Wilkes University has received a grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to help prevent underage and dangerous alcohol use. The $31,582 grant will provide financial resources to help make an impact on the health and safety of Wilkes University students and the community.
The PLCB awarded more than 60 grants throughout the commonwealth as part of their commitment to provide financial support to address underage alcohol consumption. Wilkes was one of more than 100 grant requests received for consideration by the PLCB.
Twenty college and university grants from the PLCB will help these schools develop strategies to reduce underage and dangerous alcohol use, including enforcement efforts. Recent surveys have indicated that Wilkes ranks below the national average in alcohol consumption among first-year students.
“The grant will allow us to be more purposeful in identifying at-risk student groups and targeting those challenges,” said Wilkes University Dean of Students Mark Allen. “We recognize that alcohol continues to be the drug of choice on college campuses,” Allen said. “With better assessment data, we can focus our efforts and resources to address our most significant challenges relative to alcohol use.
A portion of the grant will be used to support staff needed to conduct a drug and alcohol survey, which will determine what the challenges are. The survey was developed by the Core Institute, the largest national database about college student's drinking and drug use, to measure alcohol and other drug usage, attitudes, and perceptions among college students at two and four-year institutions. By effective targeting at-risk groups, Wilkes can maximize resources to have the highest impact in reducing the amount of dangerous alcohol use and abuse, both on an off-campus.