Carleton University’s Andrea Howard has received $172,000 in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to support research that explores drinking in post-secondary environments.

“CIHR funding enables Carleton to expand its leading research into the health and wellness of Canadians and people everywhere,” said Rafik Goubran, vice-president (Research and International).

Howard, from the Department of Psychology, will use the funding to assess alcohol use and its associated harms in connection with intentions, drinking motives, self-control and protective strategies. Findings from this research will provide insights that may improve the effectiveness of campus-deployed prevention and harm-reduction initiatives.

“I am grateful that CIHR selected my research for funding and that they recognize the value of taking a close look at student alcohol use,” said Howard. “During their post-secondary education, many young people are drinking more heavily than at any other age, and we need a better understanding of some of the fine-grained, situational differences that make some drinking especially risky.”

Most campuses including Carleton offer an array of programs that aim to encourage students to make safer decisions about alcohol use, but being aware of the risks does not necessarily deter some students from deliberately seeking inebriation. Howard’s research will investigate situations when students’ self-control skills work for and against them.

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