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Perkins Featured on Social Norms in Canada

Wesley Perkins, professor of sociology, was quoted on CTV television, Canada and in the Aug. 31 Toronto Star article “Student drinking stats fuzzy,” for a survey on student drinking done by the Student Life Education Company in Canada. Perkins designed the survey instrument for them and then analyzed and presented the data in Toronto.

The study was featured in other Canadian media including the Vancouver Sun, the Toronto Sun, the Vancouver Province, the Hamilton Spectator, the Canadian Presstwice, CTV again, Global television, the Globe and Mail and City Pulse TV

“I don't think you'll find that most students go out once a week drinking, that's a misperception,” said Perkins. “When students think their fellow students drink a lot, they are at a greater risk of drinking to excess themselves.”

Perkins and David Craig, professor of chemistry, co-direct the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Alcohol and Other Drug Education Project and the two are frequent guests at schools and universities across the country that want to know more about the social norms model of abuse prevention.

Craig and Perkins also instituted the Most Valuable Players program that collects data using Web-based surveys of student-athletes and reports results in print and electronic media communications.