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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 12, 2011

Campaign for National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week challenges students to prevent alcohol abuse, impaired driving

In conjunction with a national campaign and to ensure Northwest Missouri State University students stay safe during their upcoming Homecoming Week, Northwest Wellness Services and Bearcat Peer Education is promoting National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, Oct. 16-22.

Northwest joins more than 800 college campuses across the country in promoting the week. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of awareness and educational events, all designed by Northwest peer educators to reinforce personal responsibility and respect for state laws and school policies when it comes to the consumption of alcohol beverages.

Additionally, Alcohol Awareness Week activities showcase healthy lifestyles free from the abuse or illegal use of alcohol and ways to combat negative stereotypes of college drinking behavior.

"National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week is a focused event for campuses to address alcohol abuse and impaired driving prevention efforts," said Chris Triplett, graduate assistant for Bearcat Peer Education. "As peer educators, we have a responsibility to educate students about lower-risk drinking and responsible behavior when it comes to alcohol as well as inform them of the benefits of engaging in healthy choices."

Nationally, Alcohol Awareness Week is sponsored by the Coalition of Higher Education Associations for Substance Abuse Prevention (CoHEASAP). The coalition of 20 higher education associations is dedicated to promoting education, prevention, research, networking, and national initiatives to help eliminate substance abuse and the problems it causes on our college campuses.

The theme of the 2011 National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week - "Raise Your Voice! You Can Save A Life!" - carries a message of student empowerment through decision-making that is safe and healthy. It encourages students to take care of friends, to call for help if concerned about alcohol poisoning, and to take proactive steps to stay safe in social situations where alcohol may be present. The messages support personal responsibility and practical safety tips about avoiding excessive drinking, not driving after drinking, and not riding with a driver who has been drinking.

Alcohol Awareness Weeks at Northwest are listed below.

Monday, Oct. 17

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Thursday, Oct. 20

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468