By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley) – Each year college students spend approximately $5.5 billion on alcohol—more than they spend on soft drinks, milk, juice, tea, coffee and books, combined. As a result of their drinking, about 25% of college students report academic consequences, and each additional drink consumed by college students per occasion increased the probability of missing a class by 8% and getting behind in school by 5%.
“It is statistics like these that demand we talk about substance abuse long before problems develop,” according to Michael Stevens, President of Stevens Consulting Services and workshop presenter. And talk about it he will, as he conducts two workshops at Victor Valley College entitled: “I Don’t Have a Drinking* Problem–Or Do I? (*or Substance Abuse)” in the Student Activities Center Monday, November 9 at 5:30 p.m. and Friday, November 13, 2015 at 8 a.m.
“Many college students drink alcohol, some to the point that their use is considered harmful and perhaps illegal. Sadly, too often it isn’t until a person has already developed a drinking (or drug) problem that appropriate intervention steps are taken,” said Stevens.
“With so much emphasis on drug and alcohol abuse today, our College believes it is important to take a leadership role to do something to encourage responsible alcohol and legal drug use,” said VVC President/Superintendent Roger Wagner.
“Mike Stevens has put together a timely and relevant presentation that should appeal to students, faculty and community-at-large.” he added.
During the 90-minute presentation Stevens will:
- explore behavioral and personality traits to help prevent substance abuse;
- demonstrate how easily (and knowingly) one can develop a drug or drinking problem;
- help attendees determine if they do or don’t have a drinking (or substance abuse) problem;
- explore an effective four-step problem solving process that works effectively at addressing any kind of problem, whether it be drug or alcohol use, gambling, eating disorders, anger management, and
Stevens contends that by the time the workshop is completed, everyone attending will know for sure whether they do or don’t have a drug or drinking problem, and will know what to do to treat it or prevent a problem from developing.
The workshop is free and open to the public, reservations are recommended. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Michael Stevens at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Robert A. Sewell, (760) 245-4271 ext. 2395 or email: Robert.Sewell@vvc.edu