"It is the number one problem that we have in our hospitals this weekend," Campus Alcohol and Education Center Director Shauna Quinn says.
Thousands of Chico State students and 'out-of-towners' will be enjoying the Labor Day weekend, floating down the Sacramento River. This means an increase in law enforcement officers, dui check points, and arrests.. But it will also be a busy weekend for hospital staff members.. "We have between 3 and 10 alcohol related cases Thursday, Friday, Saturday," says Enloe Medical Center Nurse Nan Perry.
Perry says alcohol poisoning on average kills 1 to 2 Chico residents every year. So she says, it's something that needs to be taken seriously. "Try not to drink so much. Drink lots of water. Eat."
Members of the Sigma Kappa sorority and Sigma Nu fraternity, agree that prevention is crucial. So they are trying to educate students about the dangers of alcohol poisoning.
Sigma Kappa Sorority President Sarah Medalen says, "We just want to make sure people are safe when they're floating."
The students will be hanging their pamphlets on more than 100 homes in the downtown area. As well as handing out water bottles later Thursday night. Their main message; know the signs of alcohol poisoning, call 9-1-1 immediately, and be safe while floating. "We want to make sure that greeks are out there helping and not part of the problem," says Sigma Nu President Austin Churchill.
These 13 sorority and fraternity members say it's important for them to take this leadership role.. In hopes that students will follow their lead for a safe holiday weekend. Medalen and Churchill say, "Keep it safe, keep it smart, keep it local."