SAMHSA Announces Winners of Tech-Based Challenge To Prevent High-Risk Drinking Among College Students

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the three prizewinners for its Technology-based Products to Prevent High-risk Drinking among College Students Challenge.  SAMHSA launched this Challenge in May to help decrease high-risk drinking among college students.

For the purpose of this Challenge, high-risk drinking was defined as those situations that may involve but not be limited to: binge drinking (commonly defined as five or more drinks on any one occasion for males, four or more drinks for females); underage drinking; drinking and driving; situations when one’s condition is already impaired by another cause, such as depression or emotional stress; and combining alcohol and medications, such as tranquilizers, sedatives, and antihistamines.

High-risk drinking is widely prevalent among many college campuses. For example, according to the latest findings from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health 40.1 percent of full-time college students were binge drinkers.

SAMHSA opened the challenge to seek solutions to prevent high-risk drinking among college students through cost-effective, portable, technology-based products. These products also needed to effectively reach college students and their parents, as well as administrators, faculty, and staff. In addition, they had to be adaptable in order to meet the local needs of academic institutions throughout the United States.

Twenty-nine eligible entries were reviewed by a panel of federal government experts who evaluated the entries on their quality of product design, quality of product performance, and quality of project personnel. Each of the three finalists participated in a proof of concept meeting with the judges to clarify any concerns or questions raised by the review panel.

The winners are:

SAMHSA congratulates all three prizewinners and commends them for their dedication and commitment to the health and well-being of their students.


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