FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 13, 2006
Contact: Mandy Rey
First annual National Collegiate Alcohol
Awareness Week at MUW
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Mississippi University for
Women will host its first annual National
Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week Oct. 16-20.
The purpose of the week will be to promote
personal responsibility and respect for the law
when it comes to the consumption of alcohol
MUW students will
join with their peers from more than 1,000 other
campuses across the country to celebrate NCAAW.
The weeklong event has been designed and
implemented by students around the nation.
Events included in
the observance give campuses the opportunity to
showcase healthy lifestyles free from the abuse
or illegal use of alcohol, and to combat
negative stereotypes of college drinking
need to do a better job of showing college
students-particularly new students – that their
peers are not all abusing alcohol and making bad
decisions,” said Deanna Wilkins, assistant
director of counseling services at MUW.
“Students want to
fit in and follow campus norms. If we
incorrectly lead them to believe that everyone
is getting drunk on a regular basis, then that’s
what they will do. We have a responsibility to
tell students that making healthy choices not to
drink is the true norm. Then, we can begin
changing public perception,” Wilkins added.
Responsible Entertaining Alternatives on Kampus,
otherwise known as F.R.E.A.K. Week, will be the
theme for Alcohol Awareness Week 2006.
MUW students will
have the opportunity to participate in several
events, designed to emphasize fun without the
use of alcohol, reinforce responsible attitudes
toward drinking and respect for current state
laws and school policies.
NCAAW is sponsored
by the BACCHUS Network, a nonprofit organization
that actively works to promote student and young
adult based, campus and community-wide
leadership on healthy and safe lifestyle
decisions concerning alcohol abuse, tobacco use,
illegal drug use, unhealthy sexual practices and
other high-risk behaviors.
According to the
BACCHUS Network, more than 1,000 colleges and
universities across the country are expected to
participate in this year’s campaign.
The use and abuse
of alcohol is a growing problem among college
and university students. In April 2005, the
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and
Alcoholism published a report that suggested
1,400 college students die from alcohol-related
injuries each year. It also reported that
alcohol is involved in 600,000 assaults and
70,000 cases of sexual assault and acquaintance
information, call Wilkins at (662) 329-7127.