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2009.03.03 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO to Educate Students About Binge Drinking

Omaha - About 44 percent of all college students take part in binge drinking. An estimated 30,000 of these students require medical attention every year.

To educate students on these consequences, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will hold U kNOw Choices: “Choose to Care,” a binge drinking prevention event, Thursday, March 12. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Nebraska Room of the Milo Bail Student Center.

Speakers such as Patty Spady, founder of the SAM (Student Alcohol Management) Foundation, will share the tragic consequences of binge drinking. More than 1,700 college students die each year from alcohol-related incidences. In 2004, Samantha Spady, a 19-year-old sophomore at Colorado State University, became one of those statistics when she died after consuming excessive shots of alcohol.

Samantha’s parents created the SAM Foundation to educate on the dangers of binge drinking. The documentary “Death by Alcohol: The Sam Spady Story” will be shown at 11:30 a.m., followed by an obstacle course where students can ride tricycles and wear beer goggles to show the effects of alcohol impairment.

Students can also take part in an interactive panel at 1 p.m. and can ask questions from experts in the field. The panel consists of Patty Spady; Nate Bock, a UNO drug and alcohol counselor; Dr. David Corbin, a UNO health education professor; and several UNO students who have experienced the consequences of binge drinking.

"This panel can help us all take a look at how alcohol can affect yourself, family and friends,” Bock said.

U kNOW Choices is an ongoing program of alcohol and drug education at UNO. The program is not an abstinence program, but one that teaches responsible alcohol consumption among legal age students.

Sponsors of the event are the School of Communication in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media and its chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA); UNO Student Health/Alcohol and Other Drug Education; and The Sam Spady Foundation.

SAM was founded to educate parents and students about the dangers of high risk alcohol consumption. Information about the foundation is available at www.samspadyfoundation.org

For more information about the event, contact Heather Nasif at hnasif@unomaha.edu or by phone at (402) 301-7320.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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