Colorado State University - Pueblo presents Alcohol Awareness Week activities
PUEBLO – A variety of events from Flight for Life and hazing presentations to role play and safety activities bring attention to the dangers of drinking to excess as part of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAW) at Colorado State University-Pueblo. The week aims to send the message about alcohol abuse to all students, new and returning, so that tragedies can be avoided and healthy and safe lifestyle remain the norm.
According to coordinator Stephanie Arellano, the main messages are getting students to feel empowered to make safe choices, to take care of friends, to keep safe by not drinking to excess, to secure a safe ride, to avoid driving after drinking, and to never ride with a driver who has been drinking.
Arellano said when students are asked who they look to for guidance and direction, professors, instructors and school staff are listed among the top five, so such activities and encouragement by faculty and staff have a significant impact.
The week’s activities began on Monday with an Alcohol 101 lesson and Flight for Life, alcohol and safety presentations. Tuesday’s events will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Belmont Hall and include a HAZE presentation which will primarily focus on factual information like standard drink size and the caloric content of various beverages.
From noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, students have the opportunity to participate in a safety activity using beer goggles and a bike course. Students are asked to ride through the course and then are ticketed according to any injuries or accidents that may have occurred. A presentation on alcohol’s effect on performance will be held at 7 p.m. in the Crestone Hall classroom.
“The Last Party,” a party role-play activities will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Belmont Hall. Signs are posted for each room in a “party” (bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, etc…). The kitchen will serve non-alcoholic mocktails. As each resident enters the room they are handed a piece of paper with their role to play (social drinker w/ 1 drink max, non-drinker, drug dealer, etc…). The “bartender” will push residents to drink and will mark their cup for each time they fill up their drink. After an hour of partying, everyone comes together and talks about their role and how much they had to drink. Usually the designated driver and non-drinker will have had a drink or two, which will lead to a really great discussion about how these situations happen often.