Alcohol Awareness Week at San Diego Mesa College

When/Where:  Wed., Oct. 26, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., in front of the LRC

What:  Each year colleges and universities observe National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. For 2011, San Diego Mesa College will conduct a “Death Experience” on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the LRC. More than 400 students are expected to participate.

After signing up to be a drunk driver, students will experience: simulated drunk driving; an arrest and booking; accident scene with crashed car; emergency first-responders who use a jaws of life to extract the victim; and a funeral complete with casket and mourners.

Other activities include:

  • Opportunity to talk to licensed counselors and nurse practitioners
  • Drunk driving information and resources
  • Signing a book to honor friends/families that have died as a result of drunk driving
  • Film on drunk driving
  • View SDPD chemical lab and talk with officers
  • Posters that tell you the cost and process of recovering after a DUI
  • Session on how to how to talk to your parents about amnesty when calling for a ride while intoxicated.

Purpose: The purpose of “Death Experience” is to create awareness of the cognitive dissonance that occurs when faced with choices inside the realm of impaired driving, including driving under the influence and texting. Through this event, they will experience safe alternatives that will improve their moral decision-making ability when faced with this dilemma in the future.

Who: Presented by Mesa College Health Services in cooperation with the San Diego Fire Department, San Diego Police Department, and MADD.