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BACCHUS SAFE SPRING BREAK THE POWER OF POSITIVE CHOICES
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BACCHUS & GAMMA PEER EDUCATION NETWORK

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BACCHUS & GAMMA PEER EDUCATION NETWORK

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The Bacchus & Gamma Peer Education Network was an initiative of the Bacchus Group, which started as a student organization, organized in response to the need for alcohol awareness and abuse prevention on college campuses, addressing issues such as binge drinking and drunk driving among students. The group called themselves “BACCHUS,” an acronym for Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students. The organization incorporated in 1980 as BACCHUS of the U.S. Inc. and began to offer services, educational materials, and training conferences to a growing network of student organized groups across college campuses.

In 1985, in an effort to welcome fraternity and sorority students into the peer education umbrella, GAMMA (Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Alcohol) began with many of the campus Greek systems organizing peer education groups.

The BACCHUS Network stopped using the acronym, BACCHUS, as the mission of the organization expanded to include many student health and safety issues.

In 2013, the BACCHUS Board of Trustees voted to transfer their programs and services to NASPA, a longtime partner and a leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. The BACCHUS corporation was dissolved, and The BACCHUS Network was merged with NASPA. The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA continue to work on providing resources and programs for students on a wide variety of health topics on alcohol issues and beyond. Current peer education program focus on topics such as alcohol abuse, tobacco use, violence prevention, sexual assault prevent, sexual health, safety, physical and mental health issues.

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FAQ. (n.d.). BACCHUS Network Store. Retrieved from https://www.bacchusnetworkstore.org/pages/faq

Spencer, T. (2015, March 17). NASPA. Retrieved from https://www.naspa.org/blog/what-is-peer-education-40-years-of-bacchus-a-...

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