Partners in Prevention (PIP) is Missouri's higher education substance abuse consortium, comprised of 21 public and private college and university campuses across the state. Founded in 2000, PIP strives to curb high-risk drinking among college students in the state of Missouri.
Western PIP staff members are located in the counseling center and the campus police department. Interested students and staff are encouraged to help develop and participate in PIP activities.
Each year PIP implements the Missouri College Health Behavior Survey (MCHBS) to gauge health behaviors and knowledge of students. The MCHBS is an on-line, anonymous survey covering issues related to college student health, given to a random sample of students at the PIP schools. These data are used to design prevention programming on the various campuses.
2012 PIP SCHOOLS MCHBS RESULTS 2007 2012
Students younger than 21
Consumed alcohol in past 30 days 62% 53%
Drove after drinking in past year 26% 16%
Did poorly on test due to alcohol use 17% 10%
The above table shows data from all respondents under the age of 21, including non-drinkers. Decreases can be seen in the negative behaviors represented in the table. Most notably, there was a 41% reduction in students doing poorly on a test or assignment as a result of their drinking.