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Perkins’ Stance on Social Norms in Chronicle

A new report has been released by the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study saying that attempts to curb binge drinking on campuses through social norms programming have failed. Henry Wechsler, the director of the Harvard study, said he surveyed drinking patterns on 98 campuses, 37 of which have used social norms programs for one year, and found no improvement in lessening student drinking.

Perkins disputes the findings and has received much media attention for it, the latest being the Madison, Wis. Badger Herald article “Harvard study criticizes alcohol policy,” from the Aug. 9 issue.

He was also quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug. 8 issue, in an article titled “Study Questions Effectiveness of Popular Approach to Reducing Student Drinking”.