October is Alcohol Awareness month
Molloy College kicked off the month raising alcohol awareness by providing a drunk driving simulation in Wilbur on the first of October. Students and faculty were offered to sit in an arcade-style video game that simulates what it would be like driving drunk. The exercise is important to let students know how dangerous it is to drive while drinking.
According to the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), college students spend 5.5 billion dollars on alcohol, which is more than they spend on soft drinks, milk, juice, tea, coffee, and books combined.
Another study done by OASAS, Healthy Campus Community: NYS College Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Manual, states that more than 60 percent of college men and almost 50 percent of college women who are frequent binge drinkers report that they drink and drive. The report goes on to say almost 1 in 4 students on college campuses are frequent binge drinkers, which is associated with being eight times more likely to miss a class, fall behind in schoolwork, get hurt or injured, and damage property.
The Long Island Council On Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has developed several methods which they call "T.H.I.N.K," to help combat alcohol abuse. Talk about it, Have awareness, Involvement, No means no, and Keep an emergency plan. If you're dealing with alcohol abuse or any other type of substance abuse, Nassau Alliance For Addiction Services (NAFAS) can help. NAFAS is a non-profit coalition of 26 community-based agencies across Nassau County and Long Island. Their website is www.nassaualliance.org.