Alcohol awareness week comes to UCCS

Each year, 1,825 U.S. college students die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries.

MYB2That statistic scares Steve Linhart, dean of students, Division of Student Success.

As a result, the Office of the Dean of Students, Department of Public Safety, Office of Student Activities, Counseling Center, Residence Life and Housing, UCCS Greek Life and the UCCS THINK Committee will bring a number of alcohol education programs to campus Oct. 20-26 during National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week.

The week’s events will kickoff with Maximize Your Buzz at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in Berger Hall.

The event aims to change high risk drinking behavior by educating students about limitations and safer drinking habits through a positive and entertaining event.

“Research shows that scare tactics often don’t work because of the ‘It won’t happen to me’ mentality,” Amanda Koback,program manager, Office of the Dean of Students, said. “We want to show students that you can have fun without alcohol, but that if you do decide to drink that you can do it safely.”

Alcohol Awareness Week will continue on Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the Housing Turf with a Simulated Impaired Driving Experience.

Amanda Koback
Amanda Koback

The SIDNE Cart will allow faculty, staff and students to safely experience the dangers of driving drunk. Throughout the demonstration, UCCS police officers will distribute DUI educational material

Alongside the SIDNE simulation, the UCCS Counseling Center will host a “Pour Your Own Drink” event to teach students that portion sizes vary by types of alcohol.

“Students will be asked to pour what they’d consider a standard serving of beer, wine and hard alcohol,” Koback said.. “Often times their perception is out of proportion. We want students to know that 12 ounces of wine contains more alcohol than 12 ounces of beer, that way if they decide to drink, they’re doing it smartly.”

A crash car demonstrating the affects of a drunk driving accident will be in front of Columbine Hall on Oct. 23.

“I think this week will serve as a reminder to our students to act responsibly and to think about the choices they make and how it affect them, their friends and their loved ones,” Linhart said.

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