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Attorney General to promote alcohol awareness at NMSU

New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid will join with The Century Council and New Mexico State University's police department on April 20 to raise awareness about the misuse of alcohol on college campuses.

of Alcohol Awareness Month, Madrid will be on campus to promote "Alcohol 101 Plus," an interactive program designed to walk students through a series of "virtual scenarios" involving alcohol use. Students will get an inside look at the impacts of alcohol abuse and will be asked to make "virtual" decisions about those scenarios.

Vice President of Student Services Gladys DeNecochea will join Madrid and members of the campus police in a screening of the program at 11:30 a.m. in the Corbett Center (south) Lobby. The site was chosen to give as many students as possible a chance to see the 40-minute presentation.

NMSU police Capt. Katy Enriquez said outdoor activities will include "Fatal Vision" goggle activities and demonstrations, a seat belt convincer, a BAT mobile and computer stations where students may visit a "virtual bar" to determine what their blood alcohol levels would be when consuming different types of alcohol. Go-carts will be set up in the parking lot to help simulate for students what happens when they drink and drive. Informational tables will be set up on the west side of Corbett Center. An interlock device will be available for demonstration.

The Alcohol 101 Plus program was developed by The Century Council, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting alcohol abuse. Founded in 1991, it is funded by the country's leading distillers. A member of the council will be on hand for the presentation as well.

Enriquez decided to bring the program to NMSU after a meeting with the Greek community and Vice President for Human and Physical Resources Ben Woods. The members of the Greek community wanted educational material to show them how to make better choices when they are at gatherings where alcohol is served.