Students learn safe drinking habits and preventive measures

Counseling Services teaches alcohol awareness with ADACCV and TxDOT

By Sydney Faison
On April 12, 2019

Photo by Ian Saint: “Ma’am I’m going to have to ask you to please step out of the car and walk a straight line for me.” Students had the opportunity to see how alcohol impairs functioning with the help of beer goggles.

ASU Counseling Services hosted an alcohol awareness fair on April 2 in the Houston Harte University Center.
Attendees had the opportunity to use virtual reality goggles, drunk goggles and marijuana goggles to see how intoxication impairs functioning. 
The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley and the Texas Department of Transportation provided informative and interactive games for attendees, as well. 
ADACCV uses evidence-based strategies to address youth and family substance abuse issues.
“If you know you are going to be drinking, designate a person who has had nothing to drink, not the least to drink,” said Mona Lisa Didelot, San Angelo district traffic safety specialist. 
Attendees could test their skills driving a remote-controlled car and passing a ball back and forth while wearing drunk goggles. 
“It is important for people to stay off the road if they have consumed alcohol,” said Lauren Payne, ADACCV prevention specialist. “We go to campuses and show the effects of alcohol.”
The fatal vision goggles were altered to display blood alcohol concentrations at 0.07-0.10 and 0.25 and above. 
Attendees also had the opportunity to learn how much alcohol is really in a typical drink.
One standard drink unit has 0.6 ounces of pure alcohol.
A three-ounce glass of whiskey contains two standard drink units and is 40 percent alcohol. A 24-ounce bock beer contains 7.2 standard drink units and is 18 percent alcohol. 
The temperature of the drink impacts alcohol absorption, as warm alcohol is absorbed quicker than cold alcohol.
“Many college kids are expected to party, and it is important for us to educate them on how to use alcohol responsibly or to help them find alternatives,” said Jennifer Flores, ADACCV prevention specialist.
Some safe drinking habits and preventive measures provided by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission include eating a full meal before drinking, drinking water before consuming alcohol and in between drinks, choose when to drink and when not to drink and track how many drinks you have consumed.

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