Party the Smart Way

By: Michelle Reilly
Students who went to lunch at Krasa on Wednesday, February 3 definitely got more than they paid for. As hungry students rushed to Krasa for lunch in between classes, they were greeted by Pamela Deely, the university’s nurse, as well as Katie Andersen, an outreach coordinator for drugs and alcohol. The ladies had a table set up in an effort to spread awareness to students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Deely and Andersen are well aware that college students drink and are not necessarily trying to get them to stop. They are, however, trying to change the way they drink. “Kids these days don’t really understand how much alcohol content is in just one drink they have, and that goes for adults as well,” said Deely.
Students learned that what seems like just one dark beer could be equivalent to over seven drinks, as well as an alcohol content of 18%. Other drinks featured include a strawberry daiquiri, which is of equal value to four drinks and 16% alcohol content. When college students drink, it more than likely involves taking shots, and while the shot is only 1.0 oz., it is actually the same as having a beer or glass of wine.
On top of being provided with some useful facts on alcohol use, students were invited to play games at the event. By just participating in some true/false and matching questions, students automatically got a free bag of chips. What college student doesn’t love free food?!
While playing the games, students learned the truth behind some common misconceptions regarding alcohol. For example, one question was asking if drinking coffee actually helps you sober up. A lot of students thought that this was true, but in fact, it is actually completely false. Coffee contains a lot of caffeine and will actually just keep you up longer, similar to that of pop and energy drinks. In fact, Deely said, “carbonation actually enhances your level of drunkenness more.”
Aside from the fun and games, students were encouraged to seek help if they or someone they know has an alcohol problem. Andersen actually works for Gateway, which is a drug and alcohol treatment center. Gateway is very accessible for everyone in the area that is looking for a little help. “We have nine locations in Illinois, with one of them being right over in Aurora. We work with kids who are 13 and older and adults 18 and over,” said Andersen.
Just remember to be careful and party the smart way. Drink safely!