VALDOSTA -- From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Valdosta State University's Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Education will sponsor an alcohol awareness fair on the main campus's Palms Quad.

This annual event will feature representatives from several local community agencies, including Greenleaf, the Valdosta Police Department, the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department, the Georgia State Patrol and Moody Air Force Base, who will be on hand to talk to students and offer them information related to alcohol use.

In addition to the information booths, the fair boasts a few hands-on activities, including a simulated drunk driving event using a special obstacle course and goggles.

Mark Williams, department coordinator said, "This annual event will bring the campus and community agencies together."

The university alcohol awareness fair is in recognition of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, Oct. 14-18. The purpose of this week is to influence college students to make responsible choices regarding the use of alcohol, something university officials feel confident they are doing.

Last spring, VSU's Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Education conducted a campus-wide survey and discovered 57 percent of the university's students had refused an offer of alcohol or drugs in the past 30 days.

"This year's theme will emphasize the fact that most college students do not drink to excess or experience problems related to their use of alcohol," said Williams.

The theme for this year's awareness activities is "For the Record."

For information, please call Valdosta State University's Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Education at 259-5111.

To contact reporter Jessica Pope, please call 244-3400, ext. 255.

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