Small Groups Social Norms Interventions

This program is designed to reduce alcohol abuse by correcting misperceptions of student alcohol use through 60 minute, small-group interactive workshops targeting a particular reference group/population. These interventions are led by trained student facilitators or professional staff. This intervention is modeled after Washington state University's Project Culture Change.

The goals of the Small Groups Social Norms Interventions include

  • an increase in accurate perceptions of Eastern student drinking attitude and behaviors;
  • a decrease in the number of students having 5 or more drinks in one sitting;
  • a decrease in the average number of drinks per week consumed by students;
  • a decrease in negative alcohol-related consequences reported as occurring within the last year

Research suggests that this type of program is effective in groups that already exist and that the norms are more relevant to individual members.

To find out more, contact the Substance Education Coordinator at (217) 581-7786 or by at herc-alcoholed@eiu.edu.