NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As part of alcohol-free weekend April 26 to 28, the mental health clinic is hosting a party on the sports field located next to the dormitories at 6 p.m. that includes volleyball games, burgers, glow-in-the-dark mock cocktails, glow sticks and water bottles.
The event is part of the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program, which supports and enhances efforts by states and local jurisdictions to prohibit the sale, purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages to minors. Minors are defined as individuals less than 21 years of age.
Participants will have the opportunity to don a pair of “drunk” goggles to simulate the impairment a person experiences when he or she has had too much to drink. While wearing the goggles, users will be challenged to navigate a remote control car around cones, walk a straight line and score points in a beanbag toss.
The volleyball tournament is part of the EUDLP’ “alcohol-free weekend.” This weekend also challenges service members and their families to refrain from drinking for a whole weekend.
April also is Alcohol Awareness Month, and the mental health clinic encourages service members and their families to go to www.DrinkingIQ.org and take a free, anonymous alcohol use self-assessment. Users will have access to resources about where to find help for further assessment and be able to interact with a “video doctor” who talks about addressing alcohol use issues.
“We know that service members often think alcohol has to be part of any leisure activity, but we have set up all sorts of fun activities that don’t involve alcohol,” said Staff Sgt. Anthony Rector, 99th Medical Operations Squadron mental health technician. “Kicking the weekend off with the glow-in-the-dark volleyball game will be a great start.”
Senior Airman Ryan Clark, 99th MDOS mental health technician, said, “there are many potential alternate activities service members can enjoy like, going for a hike, enjoying the military discount at local theaters, exploring the local area, finding a new restaurant, studying, or preparing a new recipe.”
Those interested in participating in this event or just watching the volleyball tournament can call Clark or Rector at (702) 653-3880.