Alcohol summit suggests importance of education

By Mindy Wiggins
News Editor

David Stokes
The Alcohol Summit, which is headed by Dean Gail DiSabatino, outlined many goals in a lengthy meeting.

The Georgia Tech Summit on Alcohol held an in-depth meeting earlier this month. The main goals of the summit are to increase alcohol awareness at Tech and to try to prevent the occurrence of alcohol-related incidents on campus. During the meeting, several recommendations were made that relate to the achievement of the summit's goals.
For example, the summit placed a large focus on education. The summit recommended that there should be education at all levels concerning policy, the effects of alcohol abuse, responsible drinking, and the recognition of a drinking problem.
Four major themes emerged from the recommendations that were based on education.
Media and social marketing was one of these themes. The summit suggested that "social marketing" should be used to change the perception of alcohol use and abuse.
Peer Education, another theme which emerged, focused on using students to get the intended messages across. This aspect of the summit suggested such things as encouraging alcohol programs in student organizations.
The summit, in addition, suggested that education could be accomplished by expanding on existing programs. Such expansions could be made possible by such things as PSY 1010 presentations.
The summit also recommended that campus-wide initiatives should be established.
Another aspect of the summit focused on programming. A suggestion was made to create a powerful student-led coalition to develop non-alcoholic programs. The summit also said that existing programs and services should be enhanced.
Additionally, the summit focused on enforcement. For example, the enforcement of underage possession and consumption could be accomplished by creating a tiered system with defined minimum sanctions at each level.
Off-campus violations, according to the summit, should be subject to the same sanctions.

The policy that was created will be re-written in a more concise form, and a brief rational behind the policy will be included.

The summit suggested that a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff should be involved to help determine the defined minimum sanctions.

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