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Alcohol affects even those who do not drink

Recent editions of The Tech have included coverage and discussion about the Undergraduate Association's Committee on Student Life as it addresses issues of alcohol policy on campus. From your coverage, it is clear that developing fair and consistent policies about alcohol affects students who drink and those who don't.

In last year's Medical Department survey on alcohol, drugs and student attitudes at MIT,

we learned that many students, whether or not they drink, experience negative effects of alcohol and drugs, either from personal use or from the use of others.

Further, while almost 25 percent of the students responding to the survey did not consume alcohol in the previous year, many of them said that being a non-drinker/non-user can be socially isolating and lonely.

Others, often among the 74.5 percent who said they did drink in the past year, noted that much Socializing on and off campus has drinking as a central and often primary activity.

While these observations are probably not surprising to anyone who has ever walked across a college campus on a weekend night, they do offer a rationale for this Thursday's first-ever MIT Social Activities Midway, sponsored by the Medical Department's Health Education Service with the support of the Office of the Dean for Student Affairs, Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA) and others on campus.

Attending the social midway is just one of many ways where those looking for socializing alternatives can find them.

Janet Van Ness->

Director of Health Education->

MIT Medical Department->