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Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative educates students on responsiblity behind drinking, safe sex

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Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012 01:11

Responsibility while drinking alcohol and practicing safe sex were the topics of discussion among faculty and students as the SHSU Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative hosted “Playing With the Wrong Odds” on Wednesday. Eddiie Gisemba, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative Coordinator, tested students’ knowledge of sexually transmitted infections and dangers of alcohol consumption.

Gizemba focused on the social roles that alcohol and sex play in students’ lives and the consequences of each. In one demonstration, Gisemba used a spin wheel game to represent how much peer pressure influences a person’s decision to drink more or to have sex.

“Socially alcohol plays a huge role,” Gizemba said. “We often connect it to the meals we eat and how we socialize. It’s also related to class because we relate a bottle of Grey Goose with someone who has lots of money versus a six pack of beer for someone who doesn’t have a lot of money.”

The event, hosted by ADAI, Dean of Students Office and Alpha Delta Phi, drew about 80 students to learn more about the social aspects of drinking and sex.

“[The information] was for [college students] to know about this because a lot of people can get caught up with [drinking and sex] because it’s ‘what is cool’,” Courtney Winslow, freshman family and consumer science major, said.

Although the ADAI has hosted several similar events for students, Gizemba said this presentation was the first of its kind. He took a different approach to addressing the topics with Sam Houston State University students, focusing on responsibility rather than prevention.

“These topics are part of the college culture; they’re socially expected,” Gisemba said. “Often times, telling students ‘don’t do it’ is not effective because it’s not realistic. “So what I try to do is focus more the responsibility and health and legal consequences of these actions.”

The presentation also struck a chord with students who saw it as a learning experience.

“It encouraged me not to participate in [underage drinking] because the consequences not only affect you, but the people around you,” Annie Pilgrim, freshman business major, said.

For more information, visit the ADAI program on the SHSU website.

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