Alcohol screening offered at awareness day

Alcohol Awareness Day will be observed April 6 at SUNY Oswego with a free screening and other activities, including a video on alcohol marketing. The events will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the main lounge of Hewitt Union.

Counseling professionals will conduct the screening. Students and visitors will have the opportunity to take a free, anonymous self-test about alcohol, ask counselors questions and, if appropriate, receive support or referrals for treatment services in the community. Free educational materials will be available as well.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., University Police will offer the use of goggles that simulate the visual effects of being under the influence of alcohol.

At 1 p.m., the video “Spin the Bottle” will describe how alcohol marketers target students to increase market share on college campuses. Viewers will hear students describe the role that alcohol plays in their social life and the subtle pressures to drink often experienced on college campuses. A discussion will follow the video, facilitated by Karen Hoffman, director of prevention services for the County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and other Addictions.

For more information about Alcohol Awareness Day, call the SUNY Oswego Counseling Services Center at 312-4416.

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(Posted: Mar 23, 2005)