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High-risk drinking could lead to consequences that GatorWell wants to prevent.

According to NPR, colleges are advocating cutting back on high-risk drinking, as it may relate to sexual assault.

GatorWell wants students to be aware of the dangers of binge drinking.  

Maureen Miller, director of GatorWell Health Promotion Services, said there is a chance high-risk drinking and sexual assault are related.

“If you’re adding alcohol really into any situation, people’s judgments, their perceptions, their thought process — everything is impacted,” Miller said.

She said that trying to prevent students from binge drinking is an ongoing cycle that will always need improvement.

In the past, UF launched campaigns to prevent binging on alcohol.

GatorWell has used its “Less is More” campaign to emphasize the unappealing consequences of drinking too much alcohol. The campaign was placed on the sides of Regional Transit System buses to inform students about the risks of alcohol consumption.

That campaign spurred the “When I Drink Too Much” campaign in 2009, with students anonymously telling their stories, in hopes to lessen high-risk drinking.

UF advertising senior Hillary Harper said she believes UF is making a great effort for these campaigns, but it is not advertised well.

“Especially in the recent events, they definitely should be putting up more posters, making sure students are fully aware of their surroundings at all times,” Harper said.

[A version of this story ran on page 5 on 9/22/2014 under the headline "Link between assault, binge drinking"]

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