Classes were back in session at UW System campuses this week, and so were efforts to get students to be smarter about alcohol. “I see many students who really do stupid things when they’re drinking,” said Madison alcohol counselor Janet DuBerry. “We’ve seen a tremendous number of kids end up in detox, just because they drink too much, too fast,” DuBerry said, adding that “alcohol in Wisconsin is a date rape drug.”
DuBerry runs an “Alcohol Smart” class for students who have been busted for boozing. She cites a litany of hazards that go along with over-consumption. “They pass out on the street, or the dorm room, or they fall down. And of course it’s dangerous this time of year, if someone would pass out on the street on the way home . . . and not be discovered. A student could freeze to death. Second semester classes on UW campuses resumed this week.