As October comes to a close and just over five weeks of classes remain in the semester, I'm reaching out to briefly discuss Halloween and alcohol safety. I respectfully ask that you take a moment to read what follows.
I recognize that most students do not engage in hazardous drinking. Those who do place their own health and safety at risk, and also impact their friends around them. Each year at this time, we see an increase in alcohol consumption and the often serious consequences that can follow.
Halloween and Alcohol Safety
- Your plans for Halloween may differ from your normal weekend. Making a plan in advance with friends and helping each other stick to the plan can be helpful to create a safer, more positive experience. Consider the Hoos Prepared questions below, provided by the ADAPT Peer Educators.
- Always carry a photo ID and a fully charged cellphone.
- Be sensitive to how others may perceive your costume.
- Utilize all safety resources, such as Safe Ride and the UVA/Ambassadors.
- PUBS: See even one, call 911. If you are unsure, call the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for confidential, expert advice.
I am grateful that so many of you understand the importance of being an active bystander, calling 911, or seeking other assistance when you see someone at risk. Students will not face University disciplinary action for seeking medical help involving alcohol or other drugs, and you will not incur any out-of-pocket charges for the rescue squad.
- Concerned about your substance use? WahooWell and Hoos in Recovery can help. WahooWell is a resource that helps students explore their strengths, goals, and motivations related to well-being. It’s positive, free, student-driven, and confidential. Hoos in Recovery meets weekly to share a meal, has frequent socials, and provides support for students in recovery or interested in living sober.
I hope you have a fun and safe Halloween.
Allen W. Groves
University Dean of Students