Angels on High Street to spread wings Thursday

Students help other students avoid perils of binge drinking

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With a new crop of freshmen in town, some may need reminding that drinking can get out of control. That’s why a group of West Virginia University students – armed with information and monitoring tools such as blood alcohol strips – will be approaching other students during the Angels on High Street event Thursday (Sept. 17) from 10 p.m. to midnight.

This year marks the eighth time Health Sciences students have mingled with students enjoying Morgantown’s nightlife. Angels on High Street is part of the Alcohol Education Project of the Department of Community Medicine.

“The purpose of this event is to encourage students to educate other students about the responsibilities of safe and responsible drinking behavior for those who are of age,” said Ruth Kershner, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Community Medicine.

The students will distribute blood alcohol strips that can show an approximation of blood alcohol level and coasters that check for the presence of drugs of abuse such as GHB. GHB is sometimes called the date-rape drug.

Students from the Department of Community Medicine and the School of Pharmacy will be working the event.

“We have a responsibility to educate our students about alcohol, the dangers of binge drinking, safety and reinforcing the concept of not driving while drinking and not riding with someone who is drinking,” Kershner said.

For information on the Department of Community Medicine see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/cmed/.

For information on the School of Pharmacy see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/sop/.


For more information:
Andrea Brunais, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
AB: 09-14-09

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