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Red Watch Band empowers students to help peers handle binge drinking

June 17, 2009

Following the death of a professor's son from an alcohol overdose last year, Stony Brook University created a program to prevent other students from dying.

The Red Watch Band movement aims to give students the skills to intervene when someone passes out from binge drinking. Students volunteer for the program, which involves 2½ hours of CPR training and an hour of alcohol-related emergency training.

After the training is complete, students receive a red watch that serves as a symbol of the band of students watching out for one another. About 90 Stony Brook students have completed the training.

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