April 27, 2010

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 80, Issue 14

April: Alcohol Awareness Month

It's hard to draw the line between use and abuse when you're playing beer pong, kings, pyramid, dizzy bat, quarters, flip cup or shotgun.  Out of the all the college students who drink alcohol, many drink in ways that can place themselves or others at risk. But a bit of knowledge goes far in learning to drink responsibly.

Research reveals that four out of five college students drink alcohol, and about two out of five engage in binge drinking - defined as consuming five or more drinks for men, or four or more drinks for women, in one setting (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism). Binge drinking can cause acute alcohol poisoning, a serious medical condition that affects the body's central nervous system, slowing breathing, heart rate and gag reflex. It can ultimately cause death.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Niagara University is offering anonymous screenings online at www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/niagarau. The questionnaires are confidential and provide immediate feedback, as well as information on how to get help if needed.

Don't let binge-drinking, drunkenness and reckless decisions about alcohol mark your experience at college.  The five-minute, online screening about alcohol use will help you learn where to draw the line, and provide you with referrals and resources on how to cut back on your drinking.

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