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Texas Tech kicks off Alcohol Awareness Week

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For the next six days, Texas Tech University is hoping to shed some light on alcohol-related issues on campus.

"We just want students to be more aware of it and to know this isn't safe," said Risk Management Coordinator for Panhellenic Anna Loyfe. "It costs lives and we want to make them more educated."

Anna's event is Tuesday. The focus is drunk driving.

"So many people do drink and drive. I don't want to say it but it does happen and we want to get them educated," she said.

One in five college students admit to driving while drunk and 40 percent say they have ridden with a drunk driver, according to research by the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

On Tuesday, students will wear drunk goggles and try to navigate an obstacle course. When they're finished, they'll receive an information packet in a red solo cup. Anna hopes it will be on the front of their minds as much as it is on hers.

"Throughout my college life, I've always been the designated driver for a lot of events. I don't mind doing that because I trust myself more than I trust anyone else," she said.

The tragedy of drunk driving is something Anna is familiar with. Last year Texas Tech student Meagan Rough was killed when a man believed to be under the influence of alcohol crashed into a car carrying her and her friend. It was an event that had a large impact on the student body.

"We all got together and we all were supportive of each other and it impacted everyone in the Greek community. Not only the sorority women, but also the fraternity men and it went beyond that to students that aren't in the Greek community and other organizations."

Events kick off Monday at 11 a.m.

You can get more information at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/sub/NCAAW.php

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