Grim Reapers and Better Alternatives to Fear-Based Behavior Change Campaigns
The season of prom is upon us, and school administrators are turning to fear-based and oddly macabre methods to prevent alcohol-related fatalities. For instance, having a grim reaper wander the halls of school and pick students at random to be made up as dead people in order to provide gruesome warnings.
- safe and affordable transportation options to and from the prom site. For adults, various companies will provide cheap or even free transportation on holidays associated with much drinking, why not proms?
- Medical amnesty. Anyone calling for medical help for anything alcohol related around prom will be assured that no questions are asked and no police or school reports made. Some colleges that allow alcohol on campus have these amnesty programs for undergrads who are underage, and I think it really helps with cutting down on alcohol related deaths, because people aren’t as worried about asking for help.
- Education on safe alcohol consumption. How to drink at a safe rate and how long to wait after drinking before it’s safe to drive. Couple this with some education on what alcohol poisoning looks like, so people actually know when they should avail themselves of no questions asked medical services.
- Education on consent with regard to alcohol consumption. Actually education about consent at all in high schools would be awesome.