Jim Matthews is the Coordinator of Health Education at Merrimack College in Massachusetts. Prior to this position, he was the Assistant to the Vice President for Alcohol and Other Drug Programs for 13 years at Keene State College in New Hampshire where the campus newspaper identified his courses as the "most popular courses" at Keene State.
He is the author 3 books about college drinking including the campus favorite: Beer, Booze and Books...a sober look at higher education.
The NCAA has approved Jim's presentations as part of its Sports Sciences Speaker Program and he has been recognized by the New Hampshire Legislature for his work in alcohol and other drug education and abuse prevention.
He has appeared on ABC-TV, WOR-TV, CNN, NBC Radio and New Hampshire Public Radio and has been featured in numerous magazine and newspaper articles. Jim has spoken to over 400,000 students on more than 400 campuses throughout the country.
College life presents many challenges, in particular choices about drinking. Here are 25 tips for students facing the college party scene. Although abstinence is always the safest choice, most students drink. So, it is critical to have concrete, meaningful information about drinking. Here is that information about how to enjoy an active social life and avoid the problems of dangerous drinking.
"The Parent's Guide to College Drinking" provides a unique look at one of the most destructive activities in college life - dangerous drinking. This guide includes tips for parents in preparing their sons/daughters for college life. Also included is a list of questions to ask and issues to investigate when visiting a prospective campus.
"Beer, Booze and Books" provides a helpful look at college drinking issues. In addition to highlighting some of the serious concerns associated with dangerous drinking, critical information is provided for avoiding these problems. This is a campus favorite utilized on campuses around the country in the classroom, for staff training and much more.