The University of Colorado is challenging students to abstain from drinking alcohol or using drugs this weekend as part of the campus's annual "Live Free Weekend."
The sobriety challenge begins Thursday and runs through Monday. The event is presented by the Oasis student group and Counseling and Psychological Services, and sponsored by several other campus groups. It's in its third year.
Free activities for students and faculty members participating in the pledge include open mic talent shows, dances and intramural sports. The events are intended to show students substance-abuse-free lifestyles can be fun, engaging and rewarding, according to CU.
"Our aim with the weekend is twofold: to get people to realize that they don't need alcohol to have an enjoyable weekend, and secondly, to get binge drinkers to realize that they do not need to binge drink to have fun socially," said Interim Dean of Students Karen Raforth in a statment. "The first message is one that helps promote moderation, while the second saves lives."