March 22, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Events Planned on Alcohol Awareness at Shawnee State University
Four events on alcohol awareness are planned at Shawnee
State University during Alcohol Awareness Month in April.
event “What Alcohol Did for Me” is at noon on Monday, April
5 in the University Center Jazzman’s Lobby. Guest speaker,
Lynn, will tell her story about her addiction to alcohol.
She is a former SSU student and she has been in recovery for
about seven years. This event is sponsored by the Office of
Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Programming
Board and University Housing.
April 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. free cotton candy and a quiz
on “The Cost of Alcohol” will be available on the patio in
front of the old bookstore building.
of the week is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7 in
the Sodexo Ballroom. The Educational Theatre Troupe from
Wilmington College will be performing.
screenings will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
Thursday, April 8 outside on the patio weather permitting.
“We want to
educate students so they can make informed choices,” said
Alan Siebel, chemical dependency counselor, Office of
Counseling and Psychological Services at SSU.
the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism,
binge drinking is defined as a pattern of drinking that
brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08
grams percent or above. This typically happens when men
consume five or more drinks, and when women consume four or
more drinks, in about two hours.
students misunderstand what alcohol does to the blood,”
Siebel said. “What happens is that when someone has been
binge drinking and they pass out, the blood alcohol content
rises. They get alcohol poisoning and that is where they
start to run into trouble. That is when people die.”
the Center for Disease Control (CDC), binge drinking is
associated with many health problems, including but not
· Unintentional injuries (e.g., car crashes, falls, burns,
· Intentional injuries (e.g., firearm injuries, sexual
assault, domestic violence)
· Alcohol poisoning
· Sexually transmitted diseases
· Unintended pregnancy
· Children born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
· High blood pressure, stroke and other cardiovascular
· Liver disease and more
information on Alcohol Awareness Month, contact Siebel at
or call (740) 351-3848.