October 22, 2007
ASU Focuses on College Drinking
Augusta, Ga. – Alcohol consumption is a popular trend with high-risk consequences. About 1400 college students die each year from alcohol-related causes, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
To create awareness of this growing problem, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety awarded Augusta State University a $9,300 grant to fund its annual alcohol and drug awareness program. One such event will be the annual Alcohol Awareness Week, Oct. 22-25.
Highlighting the week of the events will be the Fatal Vision goggles and drunk-driving obstacle course on Thursday, Oct. 25, at noon in the sports field located next to the Jaguar Student Activities Center. Other activities include mocktails, pledge signing, and the movie Spanglish.
The grant’s main objectives are to educate students about the effects of drunk driving, assess current alcohol and safety issues, increase the use of seat belts among students, participate in Operation Zero Tolerance and Click It or Ticket, and to train peer educators about other highway safety issues. For more information, call ASU’s Office of Student Activities 706-737-1610.