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By Selena Stevens


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Wednesday's events are 'Reality Check,' which simulates alcohol impairment, and alcohol screening.

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March 4, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Spring Break 2002 is rapidly approaching. In mid-March, many University of Kentucky students and college students across the nation will head off campus for some carefree, thrill-seeking, no-books, beach-relaxing fun. To show students they don't have to take part in high-risk behaviors to have a fun Spring Break, The CAUSE (College Alcohol Use Student Educators) and the UK Health/Alcohol Education Programming Office are sponsoring several activities on campus prior to UK's March 11-16 Spring Break. The UK Counseling and Testing Center, UK Police and the UK Student Ambassadors are co-sponsoring the events.

Events on campus on Wednesday, March 6, are:

-- Reality Check, co-sponsored by UK police, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Rose Street in front of William T. Young Library sign Reality Check utilizes impairment vision goggles to simulate alcohol intoxication. While wearing these goggles, students are asked to do basic movements that illustrate how impairment affects a person's abilities. UK Police officers also are on hand administering sobriety tests as a "reality check" of what might occur on a Spring Break trip if students insist on making high-risk choices like drinking and driving.

-- Alcohol Screening Day, presented by the UK Counseling and Testing Center, at Reality Check, will allow students to assess their alcohol use.

Free pizza, T-shirts, Spring Break information, impairment vision goggle demonstrations and other activities will accompany the events.

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