UMass campus binge drinking numbers down

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AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - One area college says their efforts to reduce binge drinking on campus have been working.

22News spoke to representatives from UMass Amherst; they said recent data shows that the number of students participating in binge drinking has gone down.

UMass spokesman Daniel Fitzgibbons said the Campus and Community Coalition met for their monthly meeting Wednesday in Amherst. At that meeting the campus health educator reported new numbers that showed students aren’t binge drinking as much as they have in years past.

The Coalition was formed specifically to combat high risk drinking by students both on and off campus.

One student RA told 22News she has noticed the improvement, but that some students still “pre-game” or drink before they even go to the bar.

“I don’t see binge drinking too much anymore, said senior Aleczandrea Schmelzle. “Pre-gaming’s definitely a thing still. I think that’s just to avoid the cost of going out.”

UMass says in recent year the school has introduced more on-campus programs to give students alternatives to partying, and the school says they’ve upped their education efforts on the dangers of drinking excessively.

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