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Alcohol Education

Over consumption of alcohol among college students is a serious problem. Students generally do not fully understand the effects of alcohol - they succumb easily to peer-pressure, and are unable to handle the new freedom living away from home brings.

Alcohol is a drug that acts as a depressant on the central nervous and respiratory systems. Approximately 9,000,000 Americans are addicted to alcohol, making it the most serious drug problem in the United States.

Signs of Alcohol Abuse:

  • Use of alcohol during the class day
  • Missed course work because of drinking
  • Drinking when there is an important reason not to
  • Significant changes in mood or behavior
  • Becoming violent when drinking
  • Drinking more than friends
  • Drinking alone
  • Drinking to intoxication
  • Trouble with police or university officials because of drinking
  • Drinking to escape
  • Expressed concern about drinking from others (often met with denial of an alcohol problem)
  • Blackouts and/or loss of memory while drinking
  • Drinking is the primary reason for getting together

What to do:

If you recognize any of these signs in yourself or a friend, you should try to get help. This can be very difficult, but it is necessary if they are to control their problem.

  • Select an appropriate time and place
  • Let them know you are genuinely concerned
  • Be direct, don't beat around the bush
  • Describe specific behaviors, don't evaluate
  • Offer to accompany them to an appropriate office so they can discuss their alcohol use and get assistance
  • Be prepared to encounter excuses, broken promises, challenges, attempts to redirect the conversation, and passing the behavior off as no big deal
  • Always leave them with a telephone number to call for assistance.

Education and Awareness

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Fatal Vision Goggles are training tools used to visually demonstrate various levels of impairments and the dangers of drinking excessive, and impaired driving.


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Nationally, about 30% of traffic fatalities involve drunk drivers. Last year 11, 773 Americans were killed in alcohol related crashes. About three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives. A first time drunk driver, on average, has driven drunk 87 times prior to being arrested.


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The demonstration of the Goggles often includes the wearer attempting to throw tennis balls back and forth to other students, attempting to walk a straight line, as well as other various skills to demonstrate the difficulty of performing basic tasks while wearing the Goggles.

 


To schedule a demonstration and program contact:

Lt. Postell

617-552-4467