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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

  • DUI: Alcohol's Influence on Driving (11 a.m. to 1 p.m., J.W. Jones Student Union first floor)
    Driving under the influence has zero tolerance with law enforcement and is just plain dumb."See" what it feels like to be under the influence of alcohol through the aide of beer goggles.Information on safe driving and Missouri state alcohol laws will be provided.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

  • Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol, Oh My! (11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Union first floor)
    Have you ever wondered how alcohol may affect your sexual performance?Let's just say it's no "little blue pill."Learn the ins and outs of sex education when alcohol is introduced into the mix.

Wednesday, Oct. 19

  • Shots, Shots, Shots, Everybody! (11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Union first floor)
    Shots of alcohol are wildly popular among college students.Try one of our homemade non-alcoholic Jell-o shots with a special surprise attached - facts on what a shot is and can do to your body.
  • Bearcat Peer Ed After Dark: Mocktails! (8 to 10 p.m., Student Union Meeting Room A)
    Looking to relieve a little stress after a long week of midterms and Homecoming preparation?Come dance, relax and kick back with a non-alcoholic mocktail.Learn how you can have just as much fun with a mock-tini in your hand as you could with the real deal.

Thursday, Oct. 20

  • The Web of Alcohol (11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Union first floor)
    Once upon a time ... alcohol affected everyone, and it still does.Learn the lasting effects of abuse and addiction of alcohol as Bearcat Peer Education wraps Alcohol Awareness Week with riveting tales of princes, princesses, ogres, dwarfs, knights and their encounters with the beast named alcohol.
  • Drive Safe, Drive Smart (Throughout the day)
    Bearcat Peer Educators will be in various locations across campus checking to see if students are driving smart by wearing your seatbelts. Students who are may just get a fun surprise.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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