IPFW promotes alcohol awareness – 4/7/2011

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News release from IPFW:

IPFW Promotes Alcohol Awareness

(March 30, 2011) – Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) wants its students and the public to be aware that “there’s
too much to lose with too much booze,” at the IPFW Alcohol Awareness and Screening Day, Thursday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Walb Student Union. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Alcohol Awareness activities include:

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[li]Private alcohol use screening and a private one-to-one meeting with a mental health professional. Learn about drinking habits and behaviors linked to alcohol use. Screenings will be in Walb Union, Room 113.[/li]
[li]”How to Help A Friend with an Addiction,” presented by Don Smith, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., L.C.S.W., C.-C.A.T.O.D.S.W., counselor with
IPFW/Parkview Student Assistance Program, noon to 1 p.m. Free lunch will be provided.[/li]
[li]Learn about your relationship with alcohol.[/li]
[li]Try the “fatal vision” goggles.[/li]
[li]Visit display tables and pick up free educational handouts.[/li]
[li]Enjoy refreshing nutritious beverages.[/li]

Alcohol Awareness and Screening Day offers everyone the opportunity to learn more about responsible drinking, alcohol abuse prevention, alcoholism, and how to help a friend.

Why should you be concerned? “About 30 percent of IPFW students binge drink every two weeks. Some 1,700 students die each year because of alcohol-related unintentional injuries. About 400,000 students have unprotected sex because they are drinking and the numbers are higher when it comes to alcohol use related to assaults, accidents, mental/emotional problems, and sexual abuse. We all can benefit by learning more about alcohol abuse prevention strategies, signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning, and how to intervene to stop a serious situation,” says Judy Tillapaugh, director of IPFW wellness programs.

American dietary guidelines recommend that if people choose to drink, they should do so sensibly and in moderation, which is defined as up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men. One drink is equal to 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine, and 1.5 ounces brandy or other liquor.

For more information on alcohol awareness and other alcohol-related topics, go to friendtalkindiana.com, whatadifference.samhsa.gov,
https://www.bacchusnetwork.org/, NationalAlcoholScreeningDay.org, https://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/, https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/, al-anon.alateen.org, or

Funding for this program is provided by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Indiana through a grant from the Campaign for
Behavioral Health and Recovery sponsored by SAMHSA.

IPFW’s Alcohol Awareness Day activities are sponsored by the IPFW/Parkview Student Assistance Program, IPFW/Parkview Health and
Wellness Clinic, IPFW Department of Athletics, Recreation, and Intramural Sports, and IPFW Peer Health Educators

For more information, contact Judy Tillapaugh at 260-481-6647 or tillapau@ipfw.edu. Visit ipfw.edu/health for more IPFW Health and
Wellness information.

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