A D.C. native and current student at the University of Richmond, Olivia Pivirotto has invented a drinking tumbler designed to control college student binge drinking and prevent drinks from being unknowingly spiked with drugs, Wtop reported.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, every year more than 1,800 college student deaths result from alcohol-related injuries, which include deaths from vehicle crashes.
The new tumbler, named
The tumbler has a secure lid, which prevents drinks from getting “roofied,” and features measurement icons that can help during drinks serving.
“When I started college, I saw that a lot of people were binge drinking because they were not cognizant of how much they were drinking and realized getting ‘roofied’ happens more frequently than people think. I wanted to create a tool that raises awareness about both issues to help protect people from being drugged or drinking more than intended,” said Pivirotto.
“As a parent of a college student, I believe that speaking to your kids about alcohol consumption and providing them with tools like
The SWIGSAFE tumbler with a lanyard will be sold at $38, which includes shipping and handling.