Monday, August 15, 2011
As we move closer to the beginning of the fall semester, new students, meaning freshman are preparing to enter a completely new environment and will have all new experiences. Naturally, drugs and alcohol abuse are major concerns for college officials, which is why they are working hard to implement programs that will help educate their students regarding the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Binge drinking and sexual assault occurs every weekend on college campuses across the country. A new program that was just developed will be implemented at a number of campuses this year; aimed at demonstrating the consequences of excessive drinking.
The program, called AlcoholEdu for College, is an online course for college freshman, designed to help students imagine themselves in real-life situations; questions will be asked regarding what a student would do if they saw a friend who drinks too much and goes wild.
A study of 30 campuses, half of which implemented the program, found AlcoholEdu also reduced the risk of students getting into trouble with authorities, according to the Boston Globe. Up to 40 percent of college students in the United States participate in binge drinking, and that statistic has not changed for decades. Almost 2,000 college students in the U.S. die each year from alcohol-related injuries. An estimated 600,000 students are injured while under the influence, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
The goal is to teach students that they do not have to fall into the pressures from their peers, as well as teach them that if they do have a problem that there is nothing to be embarrassed about and there is help out there. Students should not be afraid about coming forward for a friend that needs help and does not know how to ask for it. Everyday friends save their friends lives just by having the skills to know what to do if there is a problem.