Tuesday, October 20, 2009

National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

October 18th through the 24th marks National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. This awareness campaign was created by the BACCHUS Network in 2008 to educate college students and young adults about both alcohol abuse and alcohol-impaired driving. Carmichael Library is working with the UM Counseling and Career Center to present resources to raise awareness of these important issues on the Montevallo campus.

Research has shown a direct correlation between alcohol consumption and academic achievement. In spite of the many risks associated with binge drinking, the average college student spends twice as much money annually on alcoholic beverages than on textbooks. Check out our display in the library foyer to learn more facts and the risks associated with alcohol abuse.

Local Resources

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with an alcohol problem, the UM Counseling Center can help. They can reached at (205) 665-6262. Other area resources include Birmingham Alcoholic Anonymous and Birmingham Al-Anon.

Library Resources

Following are several books that cover the topic:

Carson-DeWitt, Rosalyn, ed. Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behavior. New York: Macmillan Reference, 2001. Ref. HV5804 .E53 2001

Dodes, Lance M. The Heart of Addiction: A New Approach to Understanding and Managing Alcoholism and Other Addictive Behaviors. New York: Quill, 2003. RC565 .D597 2003

Kuhn, Cynthia. Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstacy. New York: Norton, 2003. RM316. K84 2003

Other Web Resources

Alcohol: Problems & Solutions - This site contains a wealth of content from drinking and driving to alcohol fun facts

College Drinking Prevention - From the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's Task Force on College Drinking this site serves college students and their parents, as well as school administrators

Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention - From the U.S. Department of Education, this site is geared more toward administrators but has a number of up-to-date facts and statistics on alcohol abuse

Special thanks to Kassie Doggett and the UM Counseling and Career Center for their assistance with this display.

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