KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The war against binge drinking on college campuses has featured many weapons -- alcohol bans, lectures, newspaper advertisements, alcohol awareness sessions.
Now some colleges are using a new weapon appropriate for these high-tech times. "Alcohol 101" is an interactive CD-ROM that walks students through a virtual party and virtual bar to teach them about the dangers of drinking too much.
U.S. Rep. Karen McCarthy, D-Mo., said during a demonstration recently at Rockhurst University that "Alcohol 101" could be an important tool in the battle to keep students responsible about their intake of alcohol.
"When I was in college, I had no idea what the effects of alcohol were on my body," she said. "This will help students understand the effects of alcohol and the choices we choose to make when we use alcohol."
"Alcohol 101" was developed by the University of Illinois and paid for by the Century Council, a group of American liquor distillers. It is aimed at fighting drunken driving and underage drinking.
Rockhurst already has been using "Alcohol 101" as part of an educational program for underage students caught drinking, said Liz Brent, vice president for student development. …