Teleconference To Address Binge Drinking
9, 2000 -- Area residents as well as University of
Virginia students, faculty and staff can call in and speak up about
binge drinking, the nation's number-one campus health problem, during
a live teleconference Thursday, March 16. The conference, "Binge
Drinking: From Understanding to Action," can be viewed at Zehmer
Hall Auditorium from 1 to 4 p.m.
teleconference will feature four panelists broadcast live from the
University of South Carolina. Charlottesville viewers will be able
to phone in their questions or offer comments from Zehmer Hall.
Panelists will describe the scope of the problem as well as the
history and impact of binge drinking on campuses and communities.
Panelists will also address the short- and long-term impact on drinkers,
the role of campus administrators in curbing the problem and education
will include John Gardner, senior fellow of the National Resource
Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
at U.S.C.; Henry Wechsler, principal investigator of the College
Alcohol Studies Program at the Harvard School of Public Health;
and Sharon Wilsnack, the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor at
the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Dr. James C. Turner, director of the U.Va. Department of Student
Health, will also participate.
conference also features a taped interview with U.Va. President
John T. Casteen III. He will address the role of universities and
their presidents in adopting initiatives to curtail binge drinking.
studies have confirmed a large presence of binge drinking on college
campuses. Nearly half of all college students engage in binge drinking,
considered to be five or more drinks in a row for men, and four
or more for women. A spring 1999 U.Va. Health Behaviors Survey indicated
that 54 percent of U.Va. students engaged in binge drinking in the
two weeks prior to the survey. Of students who have used alcohol
in the past, 28.1 percent reported frequent binge drinking.
drinking has a negative effect on college campuses, according to
U.S.C. officials. Students have lost the chance of academic success,
suffered significant health problems and died because of dangerous
drinking habits. Binge drinking can weaken the intellectual fabric
of campuses by inhibiting student learning and contributing to student
trying to get as many people as possible to realize binge drinking
and its effects are far-reaching," said Marianne Bell, a health
educator with U.Va.'s Center for Alcohol and Substance Education
(CASE). "Though faculty and staff may not interact with students
in an alcohol setting, it is important for them to be aware of the
of the 2000 Teleconference Series, the conference is presented by
the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students
in Transition at U.S.C. At U.Va., it is sponsored by the Office
of the Vice-President for Student Affairs, CASE and the Department
of Student Health, in conjunction with the State and Regional Coalition
Grant Competition to Prevent High-Risk Drinking Among College Students
and the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
conference is free and open to the public. However, those who wish
to watch the teleconference should call CASE at (804) 924-5276 to
reserve a spot.
more information, contact Marianne Bell at (804) 982-0704 or at
Jill Johnson, (804) 924-7116