Activities to include alcohol awareness, screening

The SUNY Oswego Counseling Services Center, LifeStyles Center and University Police will team with the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services to sponsor an Alcohol Awareness and Screening Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in the Hewitt Union main lounge.

Participants will be able to experience simulated substance-induced impairment through the use of fatal vision goggles demonstrated by University Police officers.

A brief screening instrument will be available for people to assess their alcohol use. Counseling professionals will be available to answer questions about alcohol and, if appropriate, direct individuals to support services. Free educational materials will also be available.

Free T-shirts will be given to the first 50 participants. Students can register to win a free $50 Visa gift card by having their picture taken and signing a pledge not to drink and drive.

As part of Alcohol Awareness and Screening Day, “SoberChillin 2007” will take place at 7 p.m. in Penfield Library’s Lake Effect Cafe. This non-alcoholic event will feature music by the Oswego Jazz Project. Door-prize chances, free hors d’oeuvres and hot beverages, and specialty “mocktails” made by peer educators will be available to those attending. More prizes will be awarded to students, faculty and staff.

Persons needing accommodations to attend this event should contact the Counseling Services Center in advance at 312-4416.

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(Posted: Feb 07, 2007)