Facts on Tap tackles alcohol-related issues on college campuses

Contact:

Communications Dept., 212-595-5810, ext. 7854

For Immediate Release

PHOENIX HOUSE

AFFILIATES UNVEIL NEW PROGRAM TO TACKLE COLLEGE BINGE DRINKING

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“Facts On Tap”

(New York, Oct. 19) — Recognizing alcohol

abuse as one of the most disruptive factors in a college student’s life, Phoenix House —

the largest nonprofit substance abuse services agency in the country — today unveiled a

national education program to help schools combat binge drinking on their campuses.

Called Facts on Tap, the

initiative has been released in conjunction with College Campus Drug & Alcohol

Awareness Week, October 18-24.

“Binge drinking not only impairs the

health and safety of the abusing students — it also takes a heavy toll on their

roommates, classmates and families,” said Kevin McEneaney, Executive Vice President

of Phoenix House.

A recent Harvard School of Public Health

alcohol study revealed that in 1997, 52 percent of America’s College students drank to get

drunk. In addition, 78.8 percent of campus students who were not binge drinkers

experienced at least one negative, second-hand effect of binge drinking, such as

disruption of study, vandalized property and unwanted sexual advance or assault.

Facts on Tap consists of

hard-hitting educational materials prepared by Phoenix House affiliates, The American

Council for Drug Education (ACDE) and the Children of Alcoholics Foundation (COAF), in

co-operation with an advisory board of academic experts. Facts on Tap has already

received high grades from focus groups at colleges in New York, New Jersey, Texas and

California..

The publications cover:

  • “The Naked Truth” about the

    effects of heavy drinking on the body;

  • Facts and myths about heavy drinking as part

    of “The College Experience”;

  • The “Risky Relationship” between

    alcohol and sex; and

  • “The Non-Alcoholic Hangover,”

    which examines second-hand effects of heavy drinking.

Facts on Tap also helps campus

health professionals address the issues of students who are in need of special attention

— the children of substance abusers — and provides a confidential, 24-hour, toll-free

helpline (800-DRUGHELP) for students who may be uncomfortable seeking assistance

on-campus.

Among the colleges that support the program

is Fordham University, a leading institution of higher education which maintains two

residential campuses in New York City.

According to Rev. Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J.,

President of Fordham University: “The unique program developed by Phoenix House

addresses a serious problem that universities face throughout the country. Fordham is a

Jesuit institution committed to educating its students in all aspects of life so that they

may become responsible and productive leaders in society. The Facts on Tap

program is a welcome addition to our on-going substance abuse awareness and prevention

programming, and has the University’s wholehearted endorsement.”

Major funding for the program was provided

by the Metropolitan Life Foundation, with additional support provided by the Hearst

Foundation.

“Metropolitan Life Foundation is

pleased to support a program which approaches the serious problem of alcohol abuse on

America’s college campuses from the student’s perspective,” said Sibyl Jacobson,

President and CEO of Metropolitan Life Foundation.

Facts on Tap is a tool to

raise awareness and educate students about the dangers of excessive drinking.”

For more information about Facts on Tap,

call 800-488-DRUG, or visit the web site, www.factsontap.org.

Phoenix House is the nation’s leading

non-profit provider of substance abuse treatment and prevention services, with programs in

New York, California and Texas. Founded in 1967, Phoenix House has treated more than

70,000 people — saving lives , and strengthening families and communities. To learn more,

visit us online at www.phoenixhouse.org.

Fordham University

113 W. 60th Street

New York, NY 10023

(212) 636-6530

Contact: Libby Schmalz

Metropolitan Life

Foundation

One Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10010

(212) 578-4072

Contact: Tricia Brown

Phoenix House

164 W. 74th Street

New York, NY 10023

(212) 595-5810

Contact: Communications Dept.

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