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HWS Professor Involved in National Blood Alcohol Testing

David Craig performs the same test on campus this week, during National Alcohol Awareness Week activities on the HWS campus

October 24, 2000 Geneva, NY – David Craig, professor of chemistry at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, recently assisted Men's Health magazine in a test they performed to answer the question in the magazine's regular monthly quiz. Each month, the magazine asks the question “Who Will Get [blank] First?” This month's question is “Who Will Get Drunk First” and Craig was invited to design the experiment and evaluate the results. The results will appear in the January issue of the magazine, that will appear on store shelves in December.

As part of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, Craig will demonstrate a similar experiment at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, in Albright Auditorium on the HWS campus. The presentation, “The Science of Feeling Good and Feeling Bad with Alcohol” will discuss the pharmacological effects of alcohol as they relate to sensations and functional changes. It is free and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.

“I've done extensive work on blood alcohol levels and the ways in which alcohol affects people of different body size and type,” said Craig. “I even include it in my course work. Most people are amazed at the results of this presentation.”

With Wes Perkins, professor of sociology at HWS, Craig has also been on the leading edge of research in the area of collegiate alcohol use and abuse. The two recently gained national attention again in The New York Times for their social norms theory. Their theory posits that students generally assume that their peers are drinking more than they are, and that education (the truth) to the contrary can dramatically affect abuse. They are currently working with high schools and middle schools in the area and around the country to better educate younger people about these issues.

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