Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity
has announced that it is requiring all members of its 144 collegiate
chapters to complete and pass AlcoholEdu® for College, an online alcohol
This decision reflects
ZTA's commitment to the health and welfare of its members, especially
as it relates to risky behaviors affiliated with drinking.
"High-risk drinking is
prevalent on college campuses around the country and it is the responsibility
of all those involved -- students, parents and college personnel --
to become engaged in the solution," said Deb Ensor, Executive Director.
"Zeta Tau Alpha believes strongly that it is essential to get ahead
of any problems by exposing all members to prevention activities."
In March 2005, the National
Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) released data suggesting
that the problem of college drinking exceeds previous estimates, citing
more than 1,700 alcohol-related deaths and 2.8 million cases of driving
under the influence in 2001. More than 450 campuses around the country
have implemented AlcoholEdu®, which integrates proven prevention techniques
into a science-based curriculum. The program includes three confidential
surveys to help ZTA understand the effectiveness of its efforts.
"The sorority experience
is all about preparing young women for life beyond the college and the
classroom," Ensor said. "Zeta Tau Alpha is confident that our prevention
efforts will have a lasting impact on members, benefiting them in ways
that endure well beyond their college careers."
An independent, third-party
evaluation of AlcoholEdu for College, revealed that students who completed
the program experienced approximately 50 percent fewer negative health,
social and academic consequences than students who had not yet taken
Zeta Tau Alpha was founded
in 1898 at the State Female Normal School (now Longwood University)
in Farmville, Va., and has more than 187,000 members worldwide. One
of the nation's largest Greek women's groups, ZTA develops members'
leadership, academic and service skills, and supports breast cancer
education and awareness as its national philanthropy.