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PEP-AH’s evidence-based framework guides members through a range of activities that, when undertaken simultaneously and continuously, work towards one goal: to reduce alcohol harms on campus.

The framework answers the question “What do I do now?” with concrete ideas and suggestions, backed by evidence.

The framework gives high-level advice across five strategic areas:

  • Health promotion, prevention and education
  • Campus services
  • Availability and marketing
  • Pricing of alcohol
  • Community action

The framework is being put to the test in Sherbrooke, Quebec, where it forms the basis of a community response to reducing alcohol harms in youth. Read the report, the report in short, and the infographic.

How to Start

Campuses could start with activities in two or three areas, then move on to a different set of activities in different areas.

For example, campuses might start with an awareness-raising campaign of the programs on campus about alcohol-related issues (a suggestion found in strategic area 1, Health promotion, prevention and education), and discussions with on- and off-site bars to discuss regulating promotions (a suggestion from strategic areas 4, Pricing of alcohol).

They could move on to increased support for initiatives for screening and brief interventions for hazardous and harmful drinking (from strategic area 2), while undertaking activities to encourage community action to address drinking and driving through providing public transport on high-volume drinking nights (strategic area 5).

Campus Teams
Campus teams are key to reducing alcohol harms


The PEP-AH framework suggests involved, long-term initiatives and some activities that campus teams can jump in and do in the short-term to help reduce alcohol harms. PEP-AH is compiling resources to help guide implementing initiatives.

Check back soon to access the resources.

PEP-AH urges institutions to put into place, and actively support, campus teams that include students and others on campus who have a skill, interest, expertise or mandate to support student mental and physical health.

Each person represents a different view and brings a different vision to the team. PEP-AH has developed an onboarding document to help new members set up their campus team.

Across Canada, campus teams should include:

  • Student leaders, and peer health educators and supporters
  • Faculty members
  • Representatives of senior campus administration
  • Representatives of campus services such as security, residence life, wellness services and so on
  • Representatives from other stakeholders such as health services, campus bar services