To address alcohol use among college students, NMSU’s Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education (WAVE) program offers a comprehensive presentation which provides information and strategies proven to help reduce the risks associated with excessive alcohol use. It has been designed by students for students, making it informative, entertaining and engaging. WAVE’s educational program helps dispel the myth that “everybody drinks” by promoting the actual facts and statistics for the NMSU campus.
- 32% of NMSU students report they never drink or drink very infrequently (less than 6 times a year)
- 63% of NMSU students have an average of 3 or fewer drinks per week
WAVE provides information and printable brochures to provide resources about alcohol and responsible partying and what to do in case of an alcohol-induced emergency.
- Plan ahead. Set a limit and stick to it.
- Always have a designated driver.
- Eat before and while you drink to help slow the absorption of alcohol.
- Do NOT play drinking games. You consume alcohol too fast to realize how intoxicated it is making you.
- Know how much you are drinking. 1 drink = 1 4-5 oz. glass of wine, 1 12 oz. beer, 1 shot of 80-proof liquor. Mixed drinks may be more than one serving!
- Use the buddy system. Stick together and make sure you look out for each other.
Keep an eye on your drink to protect yourself from date rape drugs – both men and women are at risk of being drugged.
- Don’t drink from punch bowls or pitchers – they are easy to drug and it is difficult to keep track of how much you are drinking.
- Look around and notice that not everyone is getting trashed – only a few people are really drinking heavily, and they are often doing something embarrassing! It’s okay not to drink!
ASNMSU offers the Crimson Cab, a service that offers a FREE taxi ride to a residential location in Las Cruces. With proof of valid NMSU ID-students can use this free service to ensure student safety. The service will not provide transportation to a commercial location. Crimson cab is available from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. seven days a week at (575) 524-TAXI.
Marijuana is the second most used drug. The syndrome characterized by a pattern of energy loss, diminished school performance, harmed relationships, and other behavioral disruptions, has been associated with prolonged marijuana use by young persons.
- Among the known effects of marijuana:
- Short-term memory impairment and slowness of learning
- Impaired lung function similar to that found in cigarette smokers
- Decreases sperm count/interference with ovulation and pre-natal development
- Impaired immune response
- Possible adverse effects on heart function
In a 2007 NMSU core survey, 63% of NMSU students never smoked marijuana in the last year.
Marijuana taken with Alcohol
- When marijuana is taken and used with alcohol the effects of both drugs are increased. Drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana can cause decreased motor control and mental confusion, which can greatly impair your ability to drive.
- Marijuana also decreases the gag reflex, making it difficult for a person to rid their body of alcohol when the body needs to.
New Mexico Poison Control Center