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Keep it REAL!!

There are many different program options available to you through REAL! Below is a description of the programs and learning outcomes. If your group or organization has a topic in mind that is not described below and would be beneficial for us to present, we are more than happy to do so. To request a presentation that is already in place or to request a presentation on a different topic regarding alcohol or other drugs please fill out the Request Form.

REAL talk: 50 Shades of Alcohol Use

Alcohol use isn’t black and white. There are a lot of aspects to consider when looking at drinking behavior. This program discusses alcohol use on a continuum from abstaining to responsible drinking behaviors, binge drinking, the signs of high risk drinking and alcohol addiction, and all the shades in between. This program is interactive and allows you to explore your own ideas around drinking and what your drinking behavior is. It also allows you to discuss strategies on how to drink responsibly if you choose to drink. 

Learning Outcome: Students will be able to differentiate between responsible drinking behavior and high risk behaviors regarding alcohol. Students will describe practical strategies for self-care and bystander intervention in situations where alcohol is present.

Dimensions of Wellness: Physical

Gender Confusion? The Differences in Male and Female Alcohol Use Expectations

Society constantly sends messages that try to define what it means to be male and what it means to be female. We often talk about what these messages mean for our interactions and behavior with each other but these messages also define what drinking behaviors are “appropriate” for our gender. This program explores the definitions society places on males and females and how it can lead to high risk use and other consequences.

Learning Outcome: Students will differentiate the drinking patterns of men and women and the pressure both genders experience. Students will be able to respond to language and behavior that pressures them to drink in a certain way. Student will develop strategies regarding bystander intervention.

Dimensions of Wellness: Social & Emotional

Girl Code: The Effects of Alcohol Use among Women

This program discusses how alcohol affects women differently than men. This program will discuss the health effects that alcohol can have on a woman. We will discuss effective bystander intervention methods and how you can get involved if you feel that a friend may be entering a risky situation where alcohol is present. Students will have the chance to act out scenarios of how they would effectively intervene.

Learning Outcome: Students will be able to explain how alcohol affects women differently. Students will apply bystander intervention to a situation they have or could experience and act out how they might effectively intervene in that situation.

Dimensions of Wellness: Physical & Social 

Under Pressure: Societal Influences on Male Alcohol Use

It’s clear that society has certain expectations for what it means to be a “Man”.  Through sayings like “Be a man” “What are you a sissy” “Man up” and others, society defines how men should act. This program discusses how society defines what it means to be a “Man” and how that affects the drinking behavior of men. We will also discuss the specific health conditions men are at risk for and how alcohol can increase those risks.

Learning Outcome: Students will discuss how alcohol affects not only their health but also formulate strategies to combat the pressures that society puts on men regarding their use of alcohol.

Dimensions of Wellness: Physical & Social 

The Hangover: Alcohol and Your Health

This program goes into detail about how alcohol affects your brain, heart, liver, pancreas, and immune system. The body is an amazing machine and understanding how it works is important for understanding what negative impact high risk alcohol use can have. The program will also discuss the various diseases that alcohol use can contribute to.

Learning Outcome: Students will be able to describe how alcohol can impact vital body systems. Students will discuss how to make the best possible choices regarding alcohol use and their health.

Dimensions of Wellness: Physical

Get Your Head in the Game: Alcohol Use and Athletic Performance

Athletes who drink do not necessarily experience more legal or behavioral consequences than other students who drink, but athletes are often more visible, and their problems often lead to highly publicized consequences. This program looks at the effect that alcohol can have on an athletes’ performance and health. We will also discuss what using alcohol during the season may mean for your eligibility in that sport.

Learning Outcome: Students will discuss the negative consequences of drinking and training for a sport. Students will define how alcohol affects important systems in the body responsible for their performance.

Dimensions of Wellness: Physical 

Blame it on the Alcohol? Alcohol isn’t held responsible in a hearing board.

What does campus policy actually say about drinking? What legal consequences can drinking have for me? This program looks at the laws around alcohol from drinking underage to drinking and driving. It also discusses campus policies around drinking and the judicial process regarding alcohol violations.

Learning Outcome: Students will be able to explain UD Policies and State Laws regarding alcohol and describe how they could apply to their life.

Dimensions of Wellness: Environmental 

Uppers, Downers, All-Arounders: Drugs and Policy

Sometimes it’s not just alcohol that you encounter at parties. It’s important to understand the legal aspects of being at a social gathering where illicit drugs are present. This program discusses how drugs are classified into specific  schedules. We will also discuss campus policy and the legal ramifications of use, possession, and distribution according to the schedule of the drug.

Learning Outcome: Students will explain how UD Policies and State Laws regarding drugs apply to them.

Dimensions of Wellness: Environmental

Rose Colored Glasses: Examining the risks associated with Marijuana use

The marijuana that people use today is often seen in a romanticized way, being looked at through the rose colored glasses of the 1970’s. However marijuana today can be 5-14x’s stronger than marijuana used in the 60’s and 70’s. This program looks at the health effects of Marijuana and the legal consequences of possessing, using, and/or distributing marijuana.

Learning Outcome: Students will discuss how marijuana affects their health. Students will be able to explain UD Policies and State Laws regarding Marijuana.

Dimensions of Wellness: Physical & Environmental 

Mocktails

(Understanding what a standard drink is and its effects on the body)

(MUST BE PAIRED WITH ONE OF THE OTHER PROGRAMS-NOT DONE ON ITS OWN)

This program allows you to see how what you drink affects your blood alcohol content. Volunteers get to make a “mix drink” and we calculate what your Blood Alcohol Content would be like if you were to consume that drink throughout a night of partying. The BAC is then discussed in relation to what types of health concerns could be possible at that BAC level. 

Learning Outcome: Students will become aware of what a standard alcoholic drink measure is and how it affects a person’s Blood Alcohol Content. Students will be able to successfully measure a more responsible level of alcohol for their specific body type and calculate their own BAC’s.

Dimensions of Wellness: Physical

Dinner and a Dialogue

(Best utilized by an RA for their residents) 

In true Marianist tradition this program has us gather for a meal and a dialogue regarding alcohol use. We discuss the pressures, dangers, and safe behaviors around alcohol use. Through use of a case study and open Q&A we care able to discuss the issues that you really care about. (Dinner is provided to residents/members through their own budgets, AOD Coordinator will bring educational supplies.) Students will gain a sense of fellowship by breaking bread with one another and discussing a topic that can be controversial.

Learning Outcome: Students will recognize high risk behaviors and discuss specific self-care and bystander intervention techniques. Students will articulate what their beliefs are around alcohol use and listen to others varying beliefs. Students will gain a foundation for conversations in the future regarding alcohol use.

Dimensions of Wellness: Social

But I use it to study!

(The Misuse of Adderall)

Papers are due, the final exam is coming up, and coffee just isn’t doing it for you anymore, so you grab an Adderall. It can’t hurt right, I mean your friend has a prescription so it must be safe…right? Wrong! Taking Adderall when it isn’t prescribed to you can have serious health and legal consequences. This program explains the effects of Adderall as well as the legal consequences of using, possessing, and distributing Adderall.

Learning Outcome: Students will understand the negative health effects of taking Adderall if it isn’t prescribed to them. Students will discuss the severity of legal consequences of using or possessing Adderall that isn’t prescribed to them as well as the consequences of distributing Adderall.

Dimensions of Wellness: Physical & Environmental

Pregaming: Are you making it to the main event?

(The risks associated with pregaming)

Pregaming has become a buzz word. The reasons to pregame are vast but what you really need to know are the risks that pregaming can have. This program looks at what pregaming is, why students decide to pregame, and what the risks are of pregaming. This program also incorporates the Mocktail module in order to allow you to see what is actually in the drinks that are being consumed during pregaming.

Learning Outcome: Students will discuss the risks associated with pregaming and the reasons so many college students take part in this activity. Students will formulate safe alternatives to pregaming and ways to reduce the risks associated with high alcohol consumption. Students will be able to successfully measure a more responsible level of alcohol for their specific body type and calculate their own BAC’s. 

Dimensions of Wellness: Social & Environmental