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Alcohol EDU: What It Is & Why It’s Important

Staying healthy in school can mean a number of things – for me, it means eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep, and taking care of my mental wellbeing. However, there is one aspect of staying healthy at school that is often forgotten.

That aspect is making sure that, when it comes to alcohol, you are drinking safely and responsibly – and inversely, if you don’t drink, it means using various practices to keep you and your friends safe if they are drinking.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that you already know everything about drinking responsibly. And if you’re a non-drinker, you’re probably worrying that there is no one else out there who doesn’t drink.

The truth, however, is that there is a lot more to drinking responsibly than simply having four shots instead of five, and in fact 1 out of every 5 University students don’t drink. The point is, when it comes to alcohol, we all could learn just a little bit more. Drinker or non-drinker.

That is why York University utilizes an online tutorial called Alcohol EDU. It is an informative session that allows students to not only assess what they want to get out of their university experience, but also to assess their drinking habits; to help them recognize the signs of alcohol abuse; to teach them a number of practices to use, whether a drinker or not, to keep themselves, their friends, and their community safe when alcohol is involved; and much more!

All students living in residence, all residence dons, all frosh bosses, and all health education & promotion staff are required to complete the Alcohol EDU tutorial – any other student who is interested in doing the tutorial is also encouraged to do so.

**Note to first year students: Frosh week is a completely dry week – this means that all alcohol or drug use is prohibited during frosh week, and anyone who is caught under the influence or with alcohol or drugs will not be allowed to attend frosh week events. 

For more information on Alcohol EDU, or on how you can do the tutorial, contact Haran Vijayanathan (Coordinator, Health Education and Promotion) via e-mail at hvijay@yorku.ca.

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