Alcohol Edu & Substance Abuse Alex Sanchez, Anda Yoshina, Chris Hagan, Ri Bouthiller, Rinad Al Anakrih, Sara Merner

When discussing the efficacy of the AlcoholEdu program experienced by both the Class of 2019 and the Class of 2020, two common themes emerged: a lack of engaging and interactive content and a focus on simplistic and intuitive situations, rather than complex and nuanced areas of the topic.

In designing a follow up program to be delivered in Seoul and Hyderabad we wanted to ensure these problems were accounted for. To create deeper engagement we used theatre as a tool of communication, building student-led activities that required student-involvement. These improvisation scenarios focus on a range situations that aren’t necessarily intuitive, exposing students to decisions and environments that may be complex or confusing to address, more reflective of real-world situations.

With our program design we hope to combine accurate and useful information of alcohol and substance abuse, while also communicating the nuances and complexities of these topic areas, and encouraging open and honest conversations on these topics.

Part 1: Cultural Differences

The workshop will begin with presentations on the cultural nuances regarding alcohol and other substances within Seoul & Hyderabad (click links below).

Part 2: Measurements

The presentation will be followed by an interactive session to show appropriate measurements of a serving size to complement the AlcoholEdu videos that explain relevant quantities of servings, should they choose to drink. This stems from a misconception of what is an appropriate serving size.

1st Round

Everyone pours out the amount of water that they think is a serving size of the following drinks:

Shot, Beer, Wine, Mixed drink (most common drink within the specific contexts of Seoul (soju- 18-45% alcohol, 20% most common) and Hyderabad (Kingfisher beer & feni) into a red solo cup.

2nd Round

An RA will compare it back to a red solo cup that shows the proper measurements and people will be asked to see how close they were to the measurement of a serving size.

A conversation about dosages and limits will be had after this. Students can go home with their own red solo cups that indicates what is a serving size in order to more safely consume alcohol, if they choose to.

Part 3: Real-Life Scenarios

The RAs will act out multiple scenarios related to alcohol related issues that might occur within the community. Each scene results in a negative outcome. After each scene plays out, however, the RAs will act out that scene again. This time audience members will be able to yell “Stop!” during a moment in the scene where they feel like one of the characters could act in a different way. They will replace that character onstage and try to mitigate the situation. This will be followed by a debrief where the RAs will outline what went well, and what could have been improved.

Acting out a real-life situation would help students grasp the difficulty and ambiguity that exists when dealing with alcohol related issues, and will prepare them for any similar situations that might actually arise throughout the year.

Scene 1: Helping An Intoxicated Friend

Scene focuses around three people, one who has passed out out of intoxication. The other friends are not sure what they should do when taking care of the unconscious friend and whether or not to report it. They are unsure whether they should report it to an RA, for fear that the RAs will tell the residence director, who will then tell the friend’s parents.

Desired Outcomes:

- Friends will place other in recovery position, if they are unresponsive they will be brought into the hospital, if there are any concerning symptoms such as convulsing, frothing at the mouth etc. they are brought to the hospital.

- They should feel comfortable reporting to an RA since this situation is confidential, they should know the RA on duty/call phone number they would call

Scene 2: Detecting Alcoholism and Next Steps

Scene begins the morning after the friend becomes intoxicated. One of the person's friends comes into the room, hoping to confront them about their use of alcohol. They describe how they've noticed their dependency on alcohol, and suggest that they might need to seek support. However, the friend immediately becomes defensive, avoids the conversation, and begins to alienate you as a friend. Although you are worried about their well-being, you are unsure where to turn or how to deal with the situation.

Desired Outcomes:

-Addressing the concern in a non-confrontational manner, using an RA as a facilitator, knowing the resources to refer them to

Fin

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