Augusta State gets alcohol, drug awareness grant

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 5:24 PM
Last updated 6:52 PM
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Augusta State University has been awarded a $9,330 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to pay for its annual alcohol and drug awareness program, the university announced Thursday.

The purpose of the grant is to educate students about the effects of drunken driving, assess current alcohol and safety issues, increase the use of seat belts among students, participate in Operation Zero Tolerance and Click It or Ticket, and train peer educators about other highway safety issues, according to a university news release.

The funding has been used to sponsor events throughout the academic year, including DUI simulators, guest speakers, and other interactive activities on the topics of alcohol, drugs and highway safety.

Nearly half – 49 percent – of full-time college students ages 18 to 22 binge drink or abuse prescription or illegal drugs, according to a report by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.

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my.voice 12/16/11 - 08:19 am
No offense, but this money

No offense, but this money would be better spent putting it on the street in the form of enforcement. Does anyone think an "awareness" program is going to stop binge drinking, and the like?

noway 12/16/11 - 10:25 am
Yes. It would have helped me.

Yes. It would have helped me. Awareness programs have proven to decrease the incidents of binge drinking and other similar events. Awareness programs won't make it go away, but it will decrease it. At the enforcement stage, it's too late.

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