College Freshman Must Learn About Alcohol-Related Problems

Freshmen at North Carolina State University will take a class about alcohol and the dangers of drinking.

They'll take the three-hour course over the Internet beginning this month. The course, titled Alcohol-E-D-U, is required for admission.

It focuses on the science of inebriation, demonstrating how drinking can lead to social problems such as sexual assault and social diseases.

More than 500 campuses nationwide use Alcohol-E-D-U and it's required at roughly 100 of the schools, including Duke University.

Some students consider the class a useless chore, but public health advocates say it prepares young students for their new freedom and the drinking culture that marks so many college campuses.