Binge and other high-risk drinking at Ohio University has dropped 15 percent over the past six years, said officials who hope this will help the Athens campus shed its image as one of the nation's top party schools.
Every year Ohio University surveys students about their use of alcohol and other drugs, and the reports show that students' high-risk drinking behaviors have dropped from 79 percent in 2007 to 63 percent in 2013.
"There is still work to be done," said Ryan Lombardi, vice president for student affairs. But the statistics "show the trend is moving in the right direction," he said.
Ohio University is frequently cited in publications such as the Princeton Review as one of the country's top party schools for the area's Halloween party and other festivals. Athens' Halloween celebration dates back decades and draws as many as 30,000 students and out-of-towners to the festivities on Court Street.