The Fight Against Underaged Drinking At ECU Is Ongoing

East Carolina University officials continue to talk to students about alcohol abuse, but they say the effort to curb underage drinking is far from over.

ECU counselor Robert Morphet says the university takes a harm reduction approach in its education and prevention programs dealing with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Morphet says simply telling students not to drink doesn't work, so he says the idea is to help them understand the consequences.

He says he thinks the school is having an impact, but the impact is on individuals.

Morphet says freshmen are the primary focus because they are most at risk.

ECU offers programs ranging from presentations by counselors to alcohol-free events. All incoming students are required to participate in an interactive presentation on alcohol, tobacco and drugs during orientation.

In addition, health classes required for graduation include drug prevention education.