Each year, college students spend $5.5 billion on alcohol (mostly beer.

) This is more than they spend on books, soda, coffee, juice, and milk combined. -Office for Substance Abuse Prevention

The average age to start drinking is 8. The average age to start binge drinking is 13.
-Alcohol Research Institute

On a typical campus, the average amount a student spends on alcohol is $466 per year.
-Office for Substance Abuse Prevention

Alcohol kills more teenagers than all other drugs combined. -National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

40% of all academic problems are alcohol-related.
-Harvard School of Public Health

After drinking alcohol, one in seven 16to-24-year-olds have had unprotected sex, while one in five have had sex that they regretted. One in 10 have been unable to remember if they had sex the night before.

One night of heavy drinking can impair your ability to think abstractly for up to 30 days.
-American Campuses 2003 and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

300,000 of today's college students will eventually die of alcohol-related causes.
-College Drinking & Alcohol Awareness Organization

159,000 of today's first- year college students will drop out of school next year for alcohol. - -College Drinking & Alcohol Awareness Organization

90% of acquaintance rapes involve alcohol ….. 85% of rapes on campus are acquaintance rapes.




How did you feel as you listened to the audio and after reading some of these facts?

Why do you think residents drink?

Sex, Lies, & Alcohol

Top Reasons College Students Drink
• To be drunk • To be confident/have fun • To relax/escape • To be around friends • Boredom • Because the environment/society tells them to!
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Consequences of Drinking
-Short-term Physical Problems -Long-term Physical Problems -Mental and Emotional Instability -Sexual Assault -Bad behavior/choices -Becoming a joke/the entertainment -Death ALCOHOL IS A DRUG!

Old School

Recognizing An Alcohol Problem
Immediate Signs • Inability to perform normal functions
walking, knowing where they are)

Long-term Signs •Withdrawal
(Friends, family, activities, community) The OC


• Physical Illness


up, losing consciousness, headaches, bloodshot eyes, coated tongue)

•Poor academic performance
study habits, need for sleep, fatigue)

(Class attendance,

• Emotional Distress
(lashing out, extreme emotional highs and lows, distress)

• Memory Loss

•Set behavior patterns

(Feel need for regular

drinking/partying, behavior and attitude change, appetite change) Desperate Housewives

On-Call Situations
Double Check No gum in mouth Posture Confidence Nametag First Announce yourself Use even and level voice tones Make sure no one is in apparent need of immediate medical care Identify the roommates of the room Remember to use please and thank you The calmer you appear- the more in control you will feel

RA On-Call!
Ask for help • Cold showers, coffee, exercise, etc will not make things better. Time is the only solution. • Expect outbursts and irrationality. • Explain what you are seeing (not what you think) • Do not feel like you have to catch everything. • You are the job • No finger pointing, arm crossing, hands on hips • Take mental notes • Basic rules- never touch anything • Do not leave intoxicated persons alone • Have intoxicated persons sleep on their side to keep airway open •

Talking about Alcohol Problems
• Be a friend- show you care. • Intervention/conversations are only the first part of a process. • ASK FOR HELP! Seek out professionals. • Alcohol abuse is often a cover for deeper issues.

Spin the Bottle
Changing the Culture

How can you help to change the use and abuse of alcohol on campus?

How can we have proactive discussions with residents about alcohol?
-Engage in conversation -Allow time for reflection -Ask questions

Changing the Face of Alcohol
How should we set our expectations when it comes to alcohol use?
-consistency, consistency, consistency

-How can we get residents interested in other activities than drinking?

You Make A Difference!
• Role Model • Speak Up • Have Confidence • Be Consistent & Fair • It’s the LAW • Know your limitations • Recognize it’s not always just an alcohol problem • Look at more than the student for a solution • See the bigger picture

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