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March 24, 2004

CONTACT: Dr. Bruce Meyer, 312-4416


    OSWEGO -- Alcohol Awareness Day will be observed April 7 at SUNY Oswego with a free screening and other activities, including a mock DWI arrest. The events will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the formal lounge of Hewitt Union.

    Counseling professionals from the SUNY Oswego Counseling Services Center and LifeStyles Center and from the County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Other Addictions will conduct the screening. Local residents will have the opportunity to take a free, anonymous self-test about alcohol, ask counselors questions and, if appropriate, receive support or referrals for treatment services in the community. Free educational materials will be available as well.

    The day's program will include a mock arrest of a volunteer by University Police for driving while intoxicated. The pretend scenario at 12:30 p.m. will continue with a consultation with attorney James Eby and simulated arraignment before City Judge James Metcalf and county District Attorney Donald Dodd. A question-and-answer session will follow this presentation.

    University Police will also offer the use of goggles that simulate the visual effects of being under the influence of alcohol.

    For more information about Alcohol Awareness Day, call the SUNY Oswego Counseling Services Center at 312-4416.

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