AlcoholEDU is a survey and educational tool used by colleges across the country to try and reduce college drinking. Well, good news: it works!

According to a new study by new National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, made public under the headline “NIH-supported studies show online course helps reduce harmful college drinking”:

An online alcohol prevention course can help reduce harmful drinking among college freshmen, but the benefits in the fall don’t last through the spring, according to a study supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health.

“Our findings indicate that this course can be a useful component of an overall strategy that combines campus-wide and environmental interventions to prevent harmful drinking by college students,” says Dr. [Mallie] Paschall.

So it works for one semester. Doesn’t that actually mean it doesn’t work? Maybe work a little harder on the overall strategy thing.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer