Just One Drink
Just One Drink: Alcohol Education That Works
Alcohol awareness is a serious matter. And, we know that humor in the college classroom has shown to have many benefits for students, including sustained interest and deeper learning.
Research shows humor improves motivation, the self-regulatory process, memory, and attention (Pekrun & Perry, 2014). Adam Ace’s interactive and engaging Just One Drink presentation uses humor to teach students about substance abuse in a positive social learning environment.
A Serious Message That Actually Gets Attention!
Laughter is certainly a big part of Just One Drink, but so is practical advice. Some alcohol abuse prevention programs simply tell college students not to drink—an approach that doesn’t work!
Since most college students will drink alcohol at some point, Just One Drink offers students strategies for drinking responsibly and avoiding mistakes. The presentation helps students find how to set their limits when drinking and offers solutions for dealing with peer pressure. It also includes safety tips to help students avoid problems when drinking.
▪ Prevalence of Drinking: According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 52.5 percent of full-time college students ages 18–22 drank alcohol compared with 44.0 percent of other persons of the same age.
▪ Prevalence of Binge Drinking: According to the 2019 NSDUH, 33.0 percent of college students ages 18–22 reported binge drinking compared with 27.7 percent of other persons of the same age.
One of the presentation’s most critical purposes is to educate audiences about the potentially devastating consequences of mistakes with alcohol. Students will learn about the consequences of drunk driving and how problems with alcohol can negatively impact career goals.
Researchers estimate that each year:
▪ Deaths: 1,519 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes.
▪ Assaults: 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
▪ Academic Consequences: About 1 in 4 college students report academic consequences from drinking, including missing class, falling behind in class, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.
Through this educational, interactive, and engaging program, students will discover how community support can help them avoid some of the pitfalls of alcohol use. They’ll learn how to help their friends avoid developing alcohol-related problems. Though the message is a serious one, it comes with a healthy dose of music, comedy, and audience participation.
Alcohol education is vital to campus wellness, and what’s more effective than an inclusive audience experience hosted by a professional comedian? If you’re looking to improve your alcohol awareness programming, Adam Ace is the host to do it.
About the Host
Adam is an expert when it comes to inspiring and educating through laughter. The Association for the Promotion of College Activities (APCA) has named him College Comedian of the Year three times. He’s been entertaining full-time since 1997, and his high-energy shows have even led him to perform at the White House.
Throughout his career, Adam has had the chance to create laughter across the world. He’s done comedy shows in 27 countries and in 49 of the 50 states. He’s no stranger to on-campus performances, either: he’s performed on over 500 college campuses.