UIC Barcelona nursing students raise awareness about alcohol abuse among 400 young people

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140 nursing students from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC Barcelona) raised awareness about alcohol abuse this morning among 400 secondary school pupils and vocational education students about the dangers of alcohol abuse through 5 practical workshops. This occurred during the sixth edition of the event entitled “Què passa quan et passes”.

The event began with a performance given by a theatre group, which put on a play of a party that has a dramatic ending due to alcohol abuse.  After this simulation, various simultaneous workshops were offered: a cardiopulmonary resuscitation workshop, another one about alcohol, in which young people were able to see the visual alterations caused by alcohol - one on first aid and another on abuse and bullying.

Dr Cristina Monforte, Director of the Department of Nursing at UIC Barcelona, said that she was satisfied with the event, which this year is the sixth edition since “the objective which was set out was achieved: to contribute towards creating a society which is more aware of health issues”. Dr Monforte pointed out the fact that it was first to fourth year Nursing students themselves teaching other students, since “in terms of teaching it has been demonstrated that greater learning occurs when the message is given peer-to-peer. When having to take on real tasks as nurses this also has a professionalising impact on our students”.

The conference was provided with support from Sant Cugat City Council and the Catalan Public Health Agency, and cooperation from Emergency Medical System (SEM) and the Association for the Prevention of Traffic Accidents (APAT).