Alcohol Awareness Month 2012

The month will feature a number of demonstrations and activities to promote awareness of the effects of binge drinking, blood alcohol concentration and the benefits of designated driving, as well as ways to help someone suffering from alcohol poisoning.
Friday, March 30, 2012

Rider University’s Alcohol Awareness Month, an annual public awareness campaign that encourages local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues, will kick off on Monday, April 2, on the Lawrenceville campus.

The month will feature a number of demonstrations and activities meant to highlight the effects of binge drinking and blood alcohol concentration, and promote designated driving awareness, as well as ways to help someone suffering from alcohol poisoning.

This year, Rider is teaming up with the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers, which seeks to end drunken driving tragedies nationwide by promoting the use of safe and sober designated drivers. Education materials about the HERO Campaign will be available at each event. Alli Clare of the HERO Campaign will speak during the annual Lalanobooza on May 1 at 8:30 p.m. in Daly Dining Hall.

“We’re really trying to focus on prevention and students learning to be safer and smarter when it comes to alcohol,” explained Dr. Lawrence Tonetti, substance abuse prevention specialist, who is leading the month-long effort at Rider. “The HERO campaign fits with this message because its sole purpose is to raise awareness for designated driving and responsible decision-making.”

Other events throughout the month include:

Monday, April 2

Kick-off Table

Ground Floor of the BLC between Cranberry's and the Bookstore

Noon to 2 p.m.

Students can take turns participating in the beer goggles demonstration, answer alcohol prevention trivia questions and complete alcohol-use screenings. Then spin the wheel to win prizes. Giveaways and educational materials will be included.

Monday, April 2

Hoops without Hops

SRC Lobby

9 p.m. to midnight

Students are invited to complete alcohol-use screenings while watching the NCAA National Championship basketball game, eating pizza and snacks, having non-alcoholic drinks, and playing pool and ping-pong. Giveaways and educational materials will be included.

Thursday, April 5

Alcohol Screenings with “Mocktails”

Kroner Hall Lounge

7 to 8 p.m.

Students can complete alcohol-use screenings while making “mocktails.” Giveaways and educational materials will be included.

Tuesday, April 10

Alcohol Screenings with “Mocktails”

Lincoln Hall

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Students can complete alcohol-use screenings while making “mocktails.” Giveaways and educational materials will be included.

Wednesday, April 11

Beer Goggles Demonstration

Switlik  B Lounge

8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Demonstration utilizes four pairs of “beer goggles” which simulate the effects of intoxication at four different levels (escalating with each pair). The program is designed to achieve the following learning objectives: define binge drinking, learn the physical and academic effects of alcohol, define a standard drink, learn ways to avoid high-risk drinking, identify alcohol poisoning, and learn what to do if you suspect someone has alcohol poisoning. Giveaways and educational materials will be included.

Thursday, April 12

Beer Goggles Demonstration

Olson Hall B Lounge

10 to 11 p.m.

Demonstration utilizes four pairs of “beer goggles” which simulate the effects of intoxication at four different levels (escalating with each pair). Giveaways and educational materials will be included.

Tuesday, April 17

“Sum-it-up” Education

Poyda Hall A Lounge

8 to 9 p.m.

This program utilizes glasses of various types and sizes (e.g., shot glass, mixed drink glass, “solo” cup, wine glass, etc.) to teach students to define a “standard drink” in an interactive way and learn how much alcohol they are actually drinking. The program includes information about blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and how this is affected. Giveaways and educational materials will be included.

Wednesday, April 18

Alcohol Awareness Month Table

Daly Dining Hall

Noon to 2 p.m.

Students can take turns participating in the beer goggles demonstration, answer alcohol prevention trivia questions and complete alcohol-use screenings. Then spin the wheel to win prizes. Giveaways and educational materials will be included.

Thursday, April 19

Alcohol Screenings with “Mocktails”

Ziegler Hall, Second Floor Lounge

8 to 9 p.m.

Students can complete alcohol use screenings while making “mocktails.” Giveaways and educational materials will be included.

Tuesday, April 24

Red Watch Band Training

Alpha Xi Delta Sorority House Lounge

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Students will learn the knowledge, awareness, and skills to prevent toxic drinking deaths and to promote a student culture of kindness, responsibility, compassion, and respect. The program involves education surrounding binge drinking behavior, alcohol poisoning symptoms, and role plays regarding what to do in the event that someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning (including basic instruction of “family and friends” CPR). The Director of Student Health will assist with this program.

Thursday, April 26

Beer Goggles Demonstration and Trivia

Gee Hall, A Lounge

9 to 10 p.m.

Demonstration utilizes four pairs of “beer goggles” which simulate the effects of intoxication at four different levels (escalating with each pair). The event also includes trivia, standard drink education and “mocktails.” Giveaways and educational materials will be included.

Tuesday, May 1

Lalanobooza

Daly Dining Hall

8:30 p.m. to midnight

This year’s event will have a “boardwalk/carnival” theme and will include skeeball, a photo booth, carnival-style games, two caricaturists, a magician and carnival style food. The event will kick off with a talk from Alli Clare from the HERO Campaign raising awareness for designated driving. Students who attend the talk will receive bonus raffle tickets for prizes. At the alcohol prevention table, students can collect educational material, try on beer goggles, learn what a standard drink is, answer prevention-related trivia and make “mocktails.” 

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