POSTED: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 12:36pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Alcohol abuse is a growing problem on college campuses. Now, LSU has a place where students can get help. The university has it's own Alcoholics Anonymous.
LSU's Alcoholics Anonymous is a new resource for students to come together and support each other, and students said it's a need.
"I think it's a very vital resource for students because a lot of people don't know they have a problem," Felicia Stevens said. "By being football season and tailgating and parties and peer pressure to do something, so it's a good support for people who have parents away and so they can go an get help."
"I think it's good. It gives students something that if they need help they can go search that out, and get what they need, considering that we do drink a lot here at LSU. If someone develops a problem, it's good that they have that," Hall Clark said.
Research shows a growing number of students go from experimentation to addiction, and it happens most often in college. Bret Blackmon, the Associate Director of Louisiana Center Addressing Substance Use in Collegiate Communities, wants to minimize that.
"We've been talking about doing this for a while. We have a biannual review committee, which is essentially a drug and alcohol taskforce, and that's one of the gaps that we discovered," Blackmon said. "We realized we have to support this student group. It's a growing student group, and we have to increase our resources."
Blackmon said, nearly 40% of students, nationwide, drop out of college due to substance abuse issues, and 6% of students are alcohol dependent.
"That's significant, so if we look at LSU and expand that statistic and apply it here, that's almost 2,000 students that potentially meet substance abuse criteria," Blackmon said. "Alcoholics Anonymous is a support group. It is anonymous. You go up there. Nobody's going to know you're in there. You can talk to them, and it's a very comfortable place to talk about whatever issues you're facing."
Blackmon said LSU's AA partnered with the Dean of Students office, Disability Services, and St. Christopher's Addiction Wellness Center.
The next AA meeting is Wednesday at 7 P.M. in LSU's Student Union.