Alcohol Responsibility Week to be Observed at WWU

“Alcohol Responsibility Week,” a series of events aimed at teaching students about the harms of binge drinking and how to use alcohol in a responsible manner, will be observed at William Woods University next week (Oct. 29-Nov. 2).

Binge drinking is four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men. Binge drinking is a serious problem that affects nearly 44 percent of college students nationwide. Consequences include alcohol dependence, liver disease, alcohol poisoning, neurological damage and unintentional injuries.

WWU’s Peer Players will start off the week, performing funny, yet informative skits about different alcohol situations and encouraging students how to make the right choices. The event will be at 5 p.m. Monday in Cutlip Auditorium.

Also on Monday, at 8 p.m., Neil Stanglein, coordinator of Greek life and student involvement, and, Sarah Breseke, campus counselor, will present “Second Chances.” The program will identify and address the problems of binge drinking and teach students how to avoid the pitfalls that can occur.

Phi Gamma Delta fraternity will present the movie, “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know,” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, in a location to be announced. The movie tells the story of a freshman MIT student, Scott Kruger, who died as a result of binge drinking, and the price his fraternity brothers paid for their actions. A question and answer session will follow.

A “bartending lesson” will be presented at noon Thursday in Tucker Dining Hall. Students will sample “mocktails”—drinks without alcohol. They will also learn how many ounces of different alcohol constitute one drink.

“We encourage all students to get involved during the week to learn about how to use alcohol responsibly and learn to make good decisions when drinking,” Stanglein said.