Awareness week with hope to R.I.D. SHSU of unsafe drinking

To help students become more aware of the dangers of drinking, Reducing Irresponsible Drinking (R.I.D) has planned several activities, workshops, simulators and games for the Sam Houston State University campus.

The Alcohol Abuse Initiative team has coordinated the events to get the entire campus involved; their goal is to lower the amount of alcohol consumed by SHSU students. Students who participate in the week’s activities will have the opportunity to receive AAI prizes and enter educational information on their co-curricular transcripts.

Yesterday, students gathered in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom B at 2 p.m. to listen to lecturer assistant professor of psychology Craig Henderson. He discussed “Alcohol on the Home Front,” how to cope with a family member’s alcohol abuse and how to deal with the recovery process.

Last night also marked the beginning of the Walk Across Texas Kickoff. The AAI team met with students at Intramural Field 1 to encourage them to take on the 830-mile walk in eight weeks without leaving Huntsville. Each participant was given a pedometer to keep track of his or her mileage.

Today the SHSU Counseling Center is offering alcohol screenings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in LSC room 331. The screenings uncover whether or not students have evidence of physiological and psychological problems due to alcohol.

“The Chemistry of Alcohol” by chemistry professor Rick White is also at 2 p.m. in LSC room 320. He will be discussing the different chemical compounds of alcohol beverages.

Tonight at 7 p.m., AAI will be at the SHSU baseball game against Centenary at the new Baseball/Softball Complex inspiring students to “Play it Safe.”

The first 200 students in the gate will receive free t-shirts, and students can also enter a drawing for a chance to watch the game from a snack filled suite courtesy of AAI.

Tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. in LSC room 304, criminal justice lecturer Stephanie Frogge will be heading the “Alcohol Victim’s Panel.”

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Students will be able to talk about how alcohol has affected their lives.

“Don’t Gamble with Alcohol,” a Texas Hold’Em Tournament, will be held at the same time in the LSC Kat Klub.

Students can also take a ride in the “Save a Life Tour Drunk Driving Simulator” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the LSC Atrium. The simulator “tickets” the “drivers” from common offenses committed while under the influence of alcohol. This event is co-sponsored with the Student Health Center and the Recreational Sports Department.

At 6 p.m. on Thursday, students can discover the stereotypes associated with Greek life in “Can you out drink the Greeks.” AAI will be out side the new HKC addition with a mystery drink and drinking games.

Then at 7 p.m., students are encouraged to cheer on the women’s basketball team against the University of Texas in Arlington in “Take it to the Hoops” at the Johnson Coliseum.

The week will finish up with “Beer, Bones and Pizza,” in HKC Multipurpose room 2 at 4 p.m. on Friday. There will be dominoes, board games and cards with pizza and root beer for everyone.

R.I.D. Week ends with the judging of the “Student Perspectives on Alcohol” art contest. Submissions will be on display in the LSC Art Gallery all week; students can vote on the pieces at the LSC information desk.

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