Laughter brings alcohol awareness

Kicking off homecoming week, Mike McLendon and Colin Sweeney brought laughter to the heavy topic of alcohol and how to be safe when drinking in their interactive performance “Shot of Reality with a Chaser of Comedy” on Oct. 7 in Ice Auditorium.

Starting the performance, McLendon and Sweeney chose students from the audience to participate in demonstrations talking about how drinking impairs your judgment and the health risks involved.

Demonstrations included the use of “drunk goggles,” game shows and improvisational acting for situations that happen when someone is drunk.

McLendon and Sweeney had senior Nic Miles and junior Brea Ribeiro on stage for the “body organ dating game.” During the game, each student had to answer a question based around different parts of the body and the effect alcohol has on them.

Throughout the performance, McLendon and Sweeney stepped back from the comedy and pointed out the facts about being a college student and drinking.

“You don’t have to drink,” Sweeney said. “It is not a requirement for Linfield College. You can be sober and get a degree.”

In another demonstration, Sweeney was a supposed friend trying to drive under the influence, and the task for the volunteers was to get the keys away from Sweeney.

“These are choices that can be in your control,” McLendon said. “You don’t have to get behind the wheel of a car. People get behind the wheel of a car and make excuses to justify them driving.”

McLendon went on to point out that the common excuse of a destination being “just down the road” means you are more likely to hit someone you know or love.

Sporadically throughout the performance, Sweeney and McLendon would go over rules to remember when you drink, including things such as deleting your ex’s number from your phone or taking a “spacer.”

“Space your drinks out with water,” McLendon said. “This will help prevent hangovers.”

While Sweeney and McLendon entertained the audience and made jokes, they were able to step back and talk seriously about the heavier topics related to alcohol.

“[With alcohol impairing your judgment,] we have to talk about assault, and there is no way to make this funny,” McLendon said.

The duo pointed out that alcohol can cause aggression, which often leads to fights, resulting in assault.

While the two brought laughter to the auditorium, they also reminded Linfield that if students choose to drink, to be safe about it.

Kaylyn Peterson

Copy editor

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