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“Sober” views on life? It is possible among students!

March 16, 2010

By Gunta Kursiša

“At first people look at us with incredulity and like at some kind of freaks,” says Jānis Supe, the leader of Latvian University’s association of Abstention and Health Education (LUAVIV)

“Our main aim is to gather together people who don’t drink and smoke, and don’t use other drugs,” says Supe. The organization, which is expanding now has 39 members (last year this number was just 17) mainly from the University of Latvia, and from other Universities (Riga Technical University, Riga’s Stradiņa University ) as well.  The association is celebrating its 10th anniversary on March 5.

It is not a small number for an organization which has very strict rules.

“Not even a glass of wine at Christmas time is allowed,” says Elīna Eglīte, a new member in this organization. LUAVIV organizes healthy activities, like sport days and trips as well as other formal and non-formal events. Recent activities were education about addictions in orphanage “Ilga”, LU Dārzs and others.

Being a member in LUAVIV gives opportunity provides one-quarter reduction in dorm fees at of University of Latvia in Rēznas Street. Emiliāns Brokāns, retired doctor – specialist with drug addictions, gave three educational lectures for students who want to become members.

“These lectures and films I have seen were very impressive,” says Agnese “These were real ‘horror movies’,” says Elīna.

“It wasn’t hard for me to pass 3 months test period to get in this organization, because I am a non-smoker and I rarely drank alcohol – now I am not drinking at all,” says Elīna.

“I think now I have very different view on health,” says Agnese, a new member in organization.

Most active students in this organization come from Cēsis, Bauska and Balvi, says Supe. LUAVIV has cooperation with Bauska’s States gymnasium, says Supe.

“Now I am proud to be in this organization,” says Elīna.

Would you be proud to be in this organization?

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Girts permalink
    March 16, 2010 16:05

    Another deviance…

  2. Linn permalink*
    March 16, 2010 23:31

    why deviance? At least this people are healthy, in comparison to other students, who drink, smoke, drink coffee, party….. :))

  3. Girts permalink
    March 17, 2010 13:39

    At proportional amounts alcohol can be healthy as well.

  4. samuel ischmicle osei owusu permalink
    March 25, 2010 19:52

    As much as I will agree to abstinence from smoking and other use of drugs , a wise use of alcohol might be healthy. Say, a glass of wine before dinner would be wonderful.

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