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    April 13, 2004
    Contact: Jean Wasp, Media Relations, (707) 664-2057,


"The Real World's" Ruthie Opens Up About Alcoholism, Sexuality in April 16 SSU Appearance

Ruthie Alcaide of MTV's 1999 reality-TV hit "The Real World: Hawaii" and 2003's "Battle of the Sexes" gets real about coming out the closet, living in front of the camera, and alcohol abuse when she comes to Sonoma State University at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 16 in the Cooperage.

Alcaide, a Hawaii native, will discuss her issues with alcoholism, responsibility, and depression during "The Real World" season. On the second day of taping, Ruthie downed more than a dozen shots and cocktails at a local bar, passed out in convulsions, and had to be taken via ambulance to the hospital in order to have her stomach pumped.

She was eventually sent to rehab and returned to finish out the season sober. Alcaide's time on the show proved to be a huge learning experience for the Rutgers University graduate, who also dealt with suicidal feelings and the difficulties with a long-distance relationship with her girlfriend in the military.

At her upcoming talk at SSU, Alcaide will address her experiences "The Real World" and what she learned about herself in the process. She will talk about her battle with alcohol abuse and her road to recovery. "Alcohol is definitely an issue with me, part of my lifestyle," she says. "But I'm very positive about myself now, having gone through this. I understand myself more."

Alcaide believes that with freedom come responsibility and has taken it upon herself to spread this message of moderation, smart decisions, and accountability to current college students.

The event is sponsored by Associated Student Productions, Residential Life, the Sonoma State Student Union, and the InterCultural Center. For more information, please call (707) 664-2382.


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