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Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
October 8, 2003
CSUS program targets student drinking myths
University, Sacramento students are heading back to high school to talk about
the realities of college drinking. The message will be a sober one.
In an innovative program partnering CSUS with the San Juan Unified School District,
students from the University will take aim at the myth of the college drinker
and give health and driver’s education students at Rio Americano High
School a real look at what college life is about.
Starting with their first visit on Friday, Oct. 10, six student peer educators
from CSUS will go into Rio Americano High School classrooms three times this
semester to present a realistic picture of college life and student drinking
“The average CSUS student has 2.6 drinks a week,” Cyndra Krogen,
CSUS health educator, said. That fact runs counter to the image of hard-drinking
college students offered up in movies, television shows and beer ads. “People
think student drinking is way higher than that, but it’s not.”
That false image, however, can lead to binge drinking among incoming freshmen
who want to fit in to the college crowd, Krogen said.
Despite the image conjured up by the movies like Animal House and Higher Learning—or
beer ads filled with picture-perfect 20-somethings—most of college students
do not spend their days partying.
“The typical Sac State student works part time and carries 15 units—there’s
not a lot of time for them to go out and get drunk,” Jill Parish, program
organizer, said. “And, if they hear these messages from a college student,
it will have more effect.”
“It’s all about making it real,” she said. “Most college
students make healthy choices when it comes to consuming alcohol. What we’re
trying to do is counter the unhealthy perceptions with the real facts.”
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the Business, Transportation,
and Housing Agency, Office of Traffic Safety. Plans call for the program to
expand to other schools next year.
For more information about the program, contact Jill Parish at (916) 278-6595.
Media assistance is available from CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.
California State University, Sacramento Public Affairs
6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 (916) 278-6156