No A.A. Meeting During Spring Break

The weekly Friday A.A. meeting will not be held the week of Spring Break (Friday, March 22) since the school is closed.  Meetings will resume the week following Spring Break.

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Presenting the Video: Spin the Bottle

The JCCC Council Addressing Substance Abuse Issues (CASAI) and JCCC’s Active Minds organization will co-host and present the video, Spin The Bottle, in the Craig Auditorium (GEB 233) on Tuesday, March 5th, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Council members, counselors, JCCC police, and members of AA will be available after the showing to answer your questions or offer support. Come join us!

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We live in a time when many young people engage in high-risk drinking. There are many factors that contribute to one’s decision to consume alcohol; however, recent research indicates that popular culture—advertising, movies, television shows, radio, etc.—has a significant influence on young people’s attitudes toward drinking. In an effort to translate the latest analysis of media, culture, and alcohol into an accessible format, the nonprofit Media Education Foundation has released a new video—Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies & Alcohol.

Award-winning media critics Jackson Katz and Jean Kilbourne examine how popular culture, by glamorizing and romanticizing excessive alcohol use, supports the notion that high-risk drinking is simply part of the college experience. In the world of popular culture, particularly in the world of media products aimed at young people, high-risk drinking has no negative consequences; in advertising, movies, television programs, and popular music, drinking is linked almost exclusively to good times, fun, spontaneity, and great sex. And while most of us know there is a negative side to alcohol, it is difficult to take the problems associated with high- risk drinking seriously, when the cultural representations we see of alcohol suggest that these negative consequences don’t even exist.

Interviews with health professionals—Alan Calhoun, Director, Medial Care, UMass-Amherst; Sally Linowski, Associate Director, Health Education, UMass- Amherst; and Ojae Beale, Program Director, Rape Crisis Services, UMass-Amherst —illustrate the negative effect alcohol is having on the lives of college students, from poor academic performance and addiction, to sexual assault and rape, to physical trauma and even death. Though our cultural representations of alcohol may suggest otherwise, the negative consequences of alcohol do indeed exist. Additionally, they affect men and women differently. In its analysis, Spin the Bottle looks at how gender and our definitions of masculinity and femininity, shape our expectations around and experiences with alcohol, particularly with respect to sex, sexuality, sexual freedom, and sexual assault.

Throughout the video, students, young men and women from four different colleges, discuss the drinking culture on their campuses and reflect on their own experiences with alcohol—these are perhaps the video’s most poignant voices. They discuss how the cultural messages they hear about alcohol, gender, sexuality, and what it means to be a college or university student, affect their lives. These young people express a desire to bring about change, and suggest that students themselves are ready to challenge the notion that high-risk drinking is a necessary part of the college experience.


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AA Meeting

There will be no JCCC campus A.A. meeting Friday, November 23rd as the college will be closed.

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Visit Us at the 2012 Campus Kickoff

We will have a table set up at the JCCC Fall 2012 Campus Kickoff today, August 24.  The Kickoff runs from 10am – 2pm.  Come by, grab some candy, and get information on alcohol and drug abuse that you can use or pass on to someone who needs it.  Register for our drawing to win a free $25 CAV card!

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Noon A.A. Meeting Restarts

AA meetings will be held at noon every Friday, starting Aug. 24 and continuing through December. 21, in RC 185. Meetings will not be held on days the campus is closed for any reason.  Open meetings will be held the first Friday of every month.

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Study: The ‘gateway drug’ is alcohol, not marijuana | The Raw Story

A man drinks liquor straight from a bottle. Photo:, all rights reserved.

A study in the August edition of The Journal of School Health finds that the generations old theory of a “gateway drug” effect is in fact accurate for some drug users, but shifts the blame for those addicts’ escalating substance abuse away from marijuana and onto the most pervasive and socially accepted drug in American life: alcohol.

Read more: Study: The ‘gateway drug’ is alcohol, not marijuana | The Raw Story.

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Summer JCCC A.A. Meetings Cancelled, Will Resume Fall Semester

The weekly A.A. meetings held at JCCC will not be held this summer, but will resume Friday, Aug. 24 at noon.  Those in need of a Friday noon meeting are advised to check online or call the A.A. District Office for alternative meetings.

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month!

Everyone has a role to play – from not drinking and driving and keeping others from doing the same, to encouraging health professionals to screen for risky drinking patterns, to working with community leaders to enforce minimum legal drinking age laws. Every effort counts!

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CASAI at the JCCC Wellness Clinic

Sheryl Hadley (left) and Ruth Anderson (right) manning the CASAI table.

Its Wednesday, April 25th and we are set up at a table at the JCCC Wellness Clinic.  Come by and get candy and information about getting help for alcohol or drug addition, either for yourselves or someone you know.  Note: If you are going to get your blood-sugar tested at the clinic, eat the candy AFTER you have it tested!


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Sobriety Rocks

Underage drinking is a serious problem in Kansas. You can help change that. Kansas Department of Transportation Scholarships in the amount of $1000 each are offered in the following categories: Best Original Song, Best Original Writing, Best Original Art, and Best Original Commercial. For more information and official rules, please visit their website at:

Sobriety Rocks is a continuing effort by the Kansas Department of Transportation to combat underage drinking.
The Sobriety Rocks Scholarship Contest promotes creativity and the sharing of ideas among Kansas teens, who hold the key to solving this problem.

Consider this:

  • Alcohol is the drug of choice for Kansas youth.
  • There were 456 alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes involving young drivers (ages 15-20) in Kansas in 2010 that killed 23 persons and injured 313 others.
  • Youth who drink before the age of 15 are four times more likely to become dependent on alcohol as adults.
  • 96% of adult alcoholics began drinking before they were 21.
  • 65% of kids who drink get their alcohol from family and friends.
  • You don’t have to drink to be in the majority. In 2011, only 32% of 8th-12th graders in Kansas reported drinking in the previous 30 days.
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