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Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention at Home

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Due to the change in campus operations due to the coronavirus, Party Positive will not have the opportunity to outreach to students in the way we normally would! However, it’s still important to consider harm-reduction during this time. A few considerations:

  • Alcohol and other substances can affect our immune system, making it harder for our bodies to fight off getting sick or healing. Additionally, there are preliminary recommendations that the consumption of certain substances can actually interfere directly with treatments for coronavirus.
  • The cancellation of events and social gatherings can feel very isolating over time, and can create the urge to still gather (house parties, etc.). We urge the Hokie community to do their part to stop the spread of the virus by not gathering in large groups, especially with alcohol, which can already affect decision-making—something we all need to stay on top of during this time!
  • The need for social distancing and a feeling of isolation also affects our mental health and consuming alcohol can compound that effect in different ways, including making some medications, like antidepressants, less effective. Evaluate for yourself if consuming in moderation at home is something that is safe and positive for you at this time.

Available Programming:

Party Positive workshops can be requested for academic classes, student organizations, and on an individual basis over Zoom by request! Please email kelsey12@vt.edu to set-up a consultation about how we can help supplement course content, or keep your group connected with some fun material during this time!

Many of our workshops will be available in live virtual sessions, or by being pre-recorded. We ask that the distribution of any recorded programming be only distributed to the intended audience and NOT used in the future beyond spring semester 2020. Once normal operations resume, we want to be able to offer our usual in-person, interactive, and effective programming in the format where it is best received. If you have any questions or concerns, please email hokiewellness@vt.edu.