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National College Alcohol Awareness Week

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -  October 20th -24th is National College Alcohol Awareness Week and The College of Alcohol Research Team in the Department of Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring activities to discourage students from drinking and driving.

Did you know:

·         About one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders.

·         Over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.

·         Males were more likely than females (15.1 vs. 7.9 percent) to drive drunk.

·         The rate of drunk driving is highest among 21 to 25 year olds (23.4 percent).

·         In fatal crashes in 2011, the highest percentage of drunk drivers was for drivers ages 21 to 24 (32 percent), followed by ages 25 to 34 (30 percent) and 35 to 44 (24 percent).

·         The average person metabolizes alcohol at the rate of about one drink per hour.

·         A standard drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits, which contain the same amount of alcohol.

According to: MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)

Officer Marlon Brewer of the University Police Department says, “ As you well know, we've had tragedies here in the pinebelt, and they happen in an instant. And so, our purpose here is our student body is to try to keep those from happening. We care about our students here.”

Tuesday October 21st, students will participate in drunk goggle activities that simulate different levels of blood alcohol content.

Thursday October 23rd, there will be alcohol screenings and feedback activity in which students can learn about the risks associated with drinking. Students will also be able to discuss any potential changes they may want to undertake.







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