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Alcohol Education Now Mandatory at Mont. Universities

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BOZEMAN - A comprehensive tutorial on alcohol abuse prevention is now mandatory at all Montana universities.

AlcoholEdu is an online program that takes students through a confidential, personalized course on alcohol use and misuse for students under 21 years of age.

"It's really the only resource that we have that gives us a comprehensive snap shot of our student population coming in," says Marci Torres, Director of Health Promotion at Montana State University, which implemented the program back in 2005.

Torres says by providing a profile of incoming students' drinking behavior, the program benefits school administrators who can better provide for their students' needs.

The tutorial, which takes approximately two hours to complete, requires a passing score.

The University of Montana will have roughly 35,000 students who will be required to take the online tutorial, which provides information on everything from alcohol abuse to bystander intervention.

Each year, approximately 500,000 students take the two-part AlcoholEdu program national wide.

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