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Utah State University Participates in National Alcohol Screening Day


Monday, Apr. 01, 2013


Alcohol Screening Day is an event that occurs on various college campuses nationwide, and Utah State University is taking part in the event.

 

“Although alcohol use at USU is fairly low, with approximately 12 percent of students on campus who drink and four percent of them being binge drinkers, it doesn’t mean we are immune to the problems and consequences,” said USU Prevention Specialist Ryan Barfuss. 

 

The USU Health and Wellness Center and Reach Peers provide resources for students to gain awareness of their personal behaviors and the risks that follow.

 

National Alcohol Screening Day is Thursday, April 4, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Stevenson Ballroom of the Taggart Student Center. Students will be able to fill out surveys and meet with counselors to determine whether they are high or low risk drinkers. All meetings and questionnaires will be private and kept confidential. Attendees can also watch the movie “Treasures Lost: Making the Risks Real” and visit booths provided by the USU Health and Wellness Center and Counseling Center. The tables will include information about college drinking, binge drinking and proper guidelines of alcohol use.

 

Whether students drink or not, this is a beneficial event for everyone, Barfuss said. For those who abstain from alcohol consumption, this is a great opportunity to use the information for friends or family who participate in risky drinking behaviors. Students are encouraged to attend the event to learn about responsible drinking, how to lower the risk and how to get help for those in need. 

 

“It is very important for students to know the quantity and frequency of drinking that determines low risk or high risk behavior,” said Barfuss. “It is necessary to have tangible guidelines for them to go by.” 

 

He advises following the low risk guidelines of zero, one, two, three. This means zero drinks for those who are under age, pregnant, chemically dependent or the designated driver. No more than one drink an hour. No more than two drinks in one setting. No more than three drinks a day. Following these standards results in low risk for health and impairment issues.

 

Students should also know what qualifies as one drink. One standard drink is half an ounce of alcohol.  This includes a 12 oz. beer, ½ oz. shot, or 6 oz. glass of wine.

 

The process to encourage responsible drinking behaviors among students includes education, enforcement and policy development. Individually, these three aspects cannot accomplish the goal alone, but together they make for proper alcohol use.

 

The event is open to students, faculty and the community.

 

Contact: Ryan V. Barfuss, prevention specialist, 435-797-1540, Ryan.barfuss@usu.edu

Writer: Lauren Gould, 425-213-9116, Lauren.May.Gould@Gmail.com



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