about the game.
Under the assumption that “play” is more fun than “work” – this game was designed to replace workshops and presentations formerly used to “teach” students about drinking. Instead, students play the game in teams, win prizes and in the process discover how, when and why they drink. The result: purposeful and conscious decisions around alcohol use.
The Drinking Game™ can be used at colleges and universities in:
Programs For First Year Students
Programs for First Year StudentsResearch shows that students are at greatest risk of problematic drinking during the first few weeks of school when anxieties about fitting in and becoming comfortable are at their height. Playing "The Drinking Game" in Living and Learning Communities, First Year Residence Halls, and University 101 (or other Intro to College classes) provides a proactive approach to alcohol use and fosters student to student connection.
Residence HallsThe game can easily be played in residence hall lounges or study spaces and can be facilitated by trained residence life staff. Discussing drinking in the setting in which it often takes place creates a link between the environment and conscious decision-making about alcohol.
Greek OrganizationsFraternities and sororities are often considered "target" populations for alcohol education programming. While some research regarding alcohol use may support this, Greek organizations are also groups with mandates to provide "risk management" programs for their members or the university community at large. The Drinking Game is an opportunity for students to satisfy these requirements and, while doing so, discuss decision-making around alcohol as it relates to parties and new member educational practices. Additionally, the game addresses issues around community members responsibilities to each other.
AthletesTeam captains are often in the position of role model and mentor to their team members. The Drinking Game can be utilized to support captains by teaching skills in effective interventions and referrals around alcohol. Students discuss challenges of leadership including sensitive issues of how and when to keep confidences around alcohol use. Team members easily engage questions and activities designed to address specific concerns of athletes, e.g. the impact of alcohol use on performance and healing. The game can be played across teams allowing players s of very different kinds of sports to discover and explore common concerns regarding drinking.
Student Leaders and Graduate Assistants
Student Leaders and Graduate AssistantsThe Drinking Game can be played on student leadership retreats and can be co-facilitated by trained student leaders or graduate assistants. Clubs and organizations can use the game to explore issues of alcohol use that takes place before, during and after events. Graduate assistants whose job responsibilities may include supervising events can use the game to focus on how to deal with students who violate university rules or who may require medical attention. Cultural organizations become especially engaged in discussions of cross-cultural differences in traditions and attitudes about alcohol.
SeniorsOften a neglected cohort, many college seniors struggle with the challenge of changing their drinking habits as life after graduation approaches. The Drinking Game provides an opportunity to reassess and adjust their use of alcohol in advance of return to home to jobs or to graduate school. Others, who enter a period of "limbo", are particularly vulnerable to problematic drinking.