Substance abuse has been, and continues to be, an important issue in society and at the University of Virginia.  The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) coordinates a number of events to raise awareness during Substance Abuse Awareness Week which takes place from Monday, October 28 to Saturday, November 2, 2013.

The Women’s Center, along with the Office of the Dean of Students, the Department of Athletics, ADAPT and the Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, is sponsoring “Thinking Outside the Bottle: What Science Says About College Drinking.”

Susan Grossman Memorial Speaker, Jason Kilmer, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington. Kilmer will explore how alcohol affects decision-making, how the body responds during a blackout, the consequences of sleeping off a buzz and why consuming alcohol in certain settings or in certain moods can produce strikingly different results.  The presentation will conclude with a discussion on how we can reduce the unwanted effects associated with drinking.

This aligns well with the goal of Substance Abuse Awareness Week, which is to promote safe drinking habits among students, particularly in the days leading up to Halloween and the last home football game of the season.  Through fun and educational programs, students will learn some facts about alcohol and drug abuse as well as treatment options.

Special attention is given to empowering students and encouraging them to engage in safe behaviors including using the buddy system to get home, carrying identification at all times, setting a drink limit, eating before drinking and the importance of being aware of strangers in costumes during Halloween. Students who find themselves stranded with no way of safely getting home can call (434) 295-4131 for an Emergency Ride.

The Women’s Center encourages students and all interested parties to participate in the informative activities during Substance Abuse Awareness Week. It’s an excellent way to prepare for a safe and happy holiday season. Please click here for info on other events.