It is estimated that half a million college students suffer alcohol-related injuries each year. Now a new online alcohol course is hoping to curb drinking at colleges and prevent alcohol related injuries and deaths.
Fort Collins, Colorado, is a university town, where back to school meant back to the streets for teams like this, helping neighborhoods get ready for the return of students, and the parties that come with them.
Colorado State University freshmen are among thousands of students nationwide now asked to take an online course on alcohol awareness.
The three hour workshop, called "alcohol e-d-u" helps gives students an idea of what to expect regarding alcohol and college life.
"I wasn't really enthusiastic about doing it because I don't drink anyway," says Brittany Rogers, a student.
"I think it was a good refresher course," says Jamie Everman, another student.
"I learned a lot from it," adds student Joel Ewan.
At the University of Texas San Antonio and many other colleges, the online course is mandatory. Not wildly popular, but it is making a difference.
Universities hope to avoid riots, destruction and worse. Alcohol is blamed for the deaths of up to 1,700 college students each year.
Samantha Spady was among the victims. The Colorado State freshman wasn't breathing when she was found at a fraternity house last year, after a night of drinking.
Despite deaths across the country, for some students, partying is as much a part of college life as books and classes.
School administrators here at CSU and across the country are quick to point out that changing an entire culture of alcohol on campus will take more than just one program."
"It takes a much more sophisticated approach on campus to handle the
entire continuum of who is here," says Ann Hudgens of Colorado State University.
From internet classes to neighborhood campaigns, the goal is to take one step at a time to change culture, and make alcohol a less prominent part of college life.
Leanne Gregg - NBC News