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ThinkFirst to Hold Alcohol Awareness Event at Louisiana Tech

Oct. 10, 2011

RUSTON -- ThinkFirst of the Ark-La-Tex, the leading injury prevention education organization, will partner with Louisiana Tech Athletics, the University's Counseling Services and the Department of Kinesiology to hold an alcohol awareness event on October 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Memorial Gym.

This event, which is free and open to the general public, will include vital information on how the abuse of alcohol can lead to brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries. These types of unintentional injuries caused by poor decisions are the leading cause of death in the United States for people ages one to 44.

The ThinkFirst presentation uses video clips as well as the testimony of Voice for Injury Prevention (VIP) speakers to enforce the severity of the physical consequences that come with drinking and driving.

Emily Smith and Ronald Fletcher will be the two Voice of Injury Prevention speakers coming to Louisiana Tech for the event. Smith is a 22-year-old who suffered severe injuries in a car accident in 2002 that was caused by drinking and drug use. Fletcher is a 29-year-old who is now a paraplegic due to injuries caused in an accident in 2007 where alcohol was involved.

There will be stations set up for students to see the effects of alcohol consumption by utilizing the Fatal Vision Goggles and the intoxiclock®.

The Fatal Vision® Goggles distort vision and cause reactions that mimic behaviors exhibited by someone under the influence. While wearing the goggles, students will be asked to attempt simple tasks, such as walking a straight line.

The intoxiclock® vividly demonstrates how a person's level of intoxication changes with increasing levels of alcohol ingestion. Using the Fatal Vision® Goggles and the intoxiclock®, we hope to illustrate dangers of impairment in a way that students will remember.

Every 7 minutes and 39 seconds, someone in the state of Louisiana is injured in a car crash, and 48 percent of these crashes involve alcohol. The purpose of the ThinkFirst events is to help eliminate excessive alcohol use that can lead to injury and poor decision making through this event, during the football season, fraternity/sorority gatherings, tailgating parties, and homecoming,.

For more information on this event or on ThinkFirst's life-saving mission, please contact Donna Cavanaugh or Emily Smith at (318) 226-0066 or think1st2@bellsouth.net or visit our website at www.thinkfirstlouisiana.org.

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