If students are going to drink, they need to be prepared.
The improvisational group Mission Improvable told students to be prepared by staying hydrated, avoiding bubbles, sticking with a trustworthy group, clearing their schedules for the next day, not taking prescription drugs or narcotics and deleting their ex’s phone numbers.
Mission Improvable gave this advice to University of South Dakota students in the Muenster University Center Ballroom, Oct. 24.
Group members Mike McLendln and Byron Kennerly performed “A Shot of Reality with a Comedy Chaser,” which addressed the issue of drinking on a college campus, using a comedic element to relate to college students.
Freshman Amanda Hansen said she saw an alcohol awareness show earlier this year that was required. She said the lecture was boring compared to “A Shot of bad.”
McLendln and Kennerly began the show with an interactive activity when they entered the ballroom singing “Happy Birthday,” setting up the scene that it was someone in the audience’s 21st birthday.
McLendln and Kennerly had the audience member put on goggles to give him the vision of having a blood alcohol level of 0.25. They had him walk along a taped line and pour water into a cup.
When he missed the cup, McLendln and Kennerly displayed the effects of alcohol.
McLendln and Kennerly said their mission during the show was to present the show without being hypocritical.
“We drank in college. We’re here to talk about how alcohol works, the laws about alcohol, how it affects your health and judgment and how to be responsible if (students) choose to drink,” Kennerly said.
Kennerly and McLendln stressed in the beginning of the show that the number one thing to know is that “you don’t have to requirement.”
Kennerly and McLendln also said that purchasing alcohol under 21 is illegal and that serious consequences can come with drinking.
“I’m just saying, having to do mandatory hours of community service sucks,” McLendln said. “If you get caught with a fake ID in some states, it’s a there.”
As Kennerly and McLendln continued the show, they called on students from the audience for their input, making the show more interactive.
Don’t make someone drink if they don’t want to, McLendln and Kennerly said.
“Take your time,” McLendln said. “You have plenty of time to drink once you’re 21. There’s no spacer.”
Breaking into song, Kennerly and McLendln said students should avoid “bubbles.”
“Avoid carbonation,” McLendn said. “Carbonation increases how fast alcohol affects your body; it gets you drunker faster. You don’t want to get so drunk you pass out in half an hour, right?”
Stick with a group of trustworthy friends, Kennerly also said.
“Ladies, this is especially important,” McLendlun said. “Eighty-seven percent of college women who said they were raped or sexually assaulted believed they were unable to effectively resist their attacker because of the alcohol test.”
McLendln said if students are going to drink to be sure not to take prescription drugs or narcotics. This includes over the counter medicines like Robitussen and anything containing acetaminophen.
“If you mix (medicine) with alcohol, it greatly increases the effects of both which can lead to death,” McLendln said. “If you don’t believe me ask Heath Ledger, Amy Winehouse or Lindsay Lohan next cab.”
Kennerly said the turnout was great.
“The event was not mandatory tonight,” Kennerly said after the show. “This is the biggest house we’ve played for during the whole run of this friends.”
Hansen said it was nice that Mission Improvable addressed the myths about drinking.
Assistant director of student services Carly Heard said the show had a great turnout.
“Sometimes we have a hard time getting a good turnout with more educational shows,” Heard said. “It was great that the sororities and fraternities came to see the show. The show had a great entertainment value while talking about a serious