UNBC Students Study Healthier Drinking Culture
Prince George, B.C. – The culture of healthy drinking is under the microscope at UNBC.
It’s all thanks to a $2,400 provincial grant and is a collaboration between Wellness Services, student athletes, residence assistants, and peer support leaders.
“It’s really a fairly casual dinner conversation that’s hosted and led by student leaders around what does substance use look like, do they feel like you can have healthy substance use and what might they need in the way of supports,” says Wellness and Health Services manager Sarah Hanson.
“We just finished our fourth dinner conversation and almost unanimously people have said they’d like more of these conversations. It’s been very helpful for them to hear from other students.”
And what have they learned so far?
“They’ve found it really helpful to find ways to keep each other safe. Like what strategies do you have if you’re maybe out on the town and a friend is over-indulging, how do you help them?”
Prince George-Mackenzie Liberal MLA Mike Morris says the study is encouraging.
“Collaborating with the wider campus community will help promote a change in culture surrounding substance use,” he says. “Projects like this one will help encourage moderation and healthy choices for students.”
Hanson says UNBC’s grant is just a fraction of the $400,000 being shared by post-secondary institutions around the province and aligns with the provincial government’s 10 year mental-health plan, ‘Healthy Minds, Healthy People.’
Hanson says they’ll be sharing their findings at a summit in Vancouver next week.