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National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week set for Oct. 3-10

RELEASED: Oct. 5, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will participate in National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week Oct. 3-10. The Center for Alcohol Studies and Education has planned events throughout the week to remind students of the many ways to have fun without alcohol and to promote responsible alcohol use for students who choose to drink.

Activities kicked off Oct. 3 with the Fall Crawl, the fifth annual fun run/walk held in memory Michael Noll.

Student leaders will conduct a campaign Oct. 6-7 to help contradict the idea that the social lives of students revolve around drinking. They will share facts from the 2008 UW-Eau Claire survey on drugs and alcohol. For example, in 2008, 60 percent of UW Eau Claire students reported drinking three or fewer drinks per week and 75 percent of students reported drinking five or fewer times per month. Students leading the event will wear blue "Most of Us ..." T-shirts to bring additional attention to the campaign.

The week's events will continue with "Virgin Bourbon Street," a residence hall competition to create the best alcohol-free cocktail. The popular event will run from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 8 at Higherground. Each hall also will be eligible to win prizes for the most effective and creative manner in which they portray educational messages.

CASE peer educators will conduct blood alcohol content checks from 11 p.m. Oct. 9 to 3 a.m. Oct. 10 on Water Street. The purpose of this event and all of the week's alcohol awareness activities are to empower students to make safe choices, take care of friends, to stay safe by not drinking to excess and to avoid driving after drinking.

For more information about National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week activities at UW-Eau Claire, contact Jennifer Lee, director of CASE and the Blugold Parent and Family Office, at 715-836-5111, or leejs@uwec.edu.

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