CORE Alcohol and Drug
The CORE Drug and Alcohol Use Survey was developed to measure
alcohol and other drug usage, attitudes, and perceptions
among university students at two and four year institutions.
Students attitudes, perceptions, and opinions about alcohol
and other drugs, their own use and the consequences of use,
as well as demographic and background characteristics are
We have administered the CORE biennially since 1992.
We randomly select classes in which to administer the 20
minute survey, surveying 700 students to obtain a statistically
relevant sample. Having these statistics helps us
to plan needed substance abuse prevention activities and
guides our alcohol and other drug education programming.
The data has also been very valuable in helping us to obtain
a significant grant in the past.
The data is processed and returned to PSU in the form of
an "Executive Report" with a summary of the results
and how PSU data compares to a "reference group"
made up of other colleges around the USA who have also taken
the survey. We are also sent the raw data for our
A statewide committee, the NH Higher Education Alcohol and
Other Drug Committee, is made up of
myself along with other representatives from NH Colleges
and Universities who engage in AOTD prevention activities.
The Committee has developed a survey, similar to the CORE
that was administered on five New Hampshire campuses in
the Spring of 2001. We
plan to administer this survey again in February of this
year but it is not certain at this time that PSU will participate
due to the high number of surveys that are already scheduled
this year. The data from the NH survey gives a basis
of comparison with other NH
colleges as a reference group, and provides a basis for
coordinated prevention practices, support and the sharing
of resources among NH Colleges and Universities
In addition to aiding our program planning, we have been
able to use the information to obtain many positive messages
that are used as part of PSU's Social Norm prevention program.
Research is showing that abusive drinking and drugging patterns
are changed most effectively through the use of messages
that show that the majority of kids are engaging in healthy
behaviors, and have attitudes that reflect these behaviors.
Nancy Dyer, ATOD Prevention Coordinator
October 3, 2002