Pellissippi State hosts ‘Pell-Aware’ alcohol and drug awareness day

Binge drinking and driving while intoxicated have increased among young college students and other 18- to 24-year-olds since 1998, according to a recent report by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The encouraging news is that community initiatives have contributed to reducing the problem.

Pellissippi State Community College is hosting a free event on Feb. 29 aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of alcohol and drugs.

“Pell-Aware” takes place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Goins Building College Center on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to attend.

Representatives of area mental health facilities, rehabilitation centers and health-care organizations will be on hand to provide information. Confidential screenings will be available, with referrals given as needed.

For more information, call (865) 694-6400 or email kbdouthat@pstcc.edu.