How To Know if You Need Help
How do I know if I have a problem?
Where do I get help?
Alcohol and Other Drugs Support Group
What should I do if I suspect that a friend has had too much to drink and/or taken drugs?
Become involved in Alcohol Education Programming & Social Norms
The following are suggestions for students over 21 for their own safety and the safety of their guests:
- Always have a designated driver
- Limit the amount you drink; sip slowly and space drinks over time (it takes the liver about an hour to process 1 drink - 12 oz beer, 4 oz wine, 1 oz hard liquor)
- Eat heavy meals or dairy products before or while drinking - these foods slow down absorption
- Avoid salty food (peanuts, popcorn, chips) that will make you more thirsty
- Drink diluted alcoholic beverages - beer, wine, or mixed drinks rather than "straight shots"; avoid carbonated mixers or sparkling wines - they speed the alcohol into your blood stream
- Never accept an open drink from anyone. Rohypnol or the "date rape drug" is a potent, fast-acting sleeping pill that is undetectable when slipped into the drink of an unsuspecting man or woman.
The line between drug and alcohol use and abuse is very fine. Abuse is usually described in terms of the drug being used, the situation in which it is used, and the consequences the person experiences from using it. Warning signs of an alcohol or other drug problem are not always dramatic. They have more to do with attitude and their affect on interpersonal relationships, school or work performance than with "passing out" or medical emergencies.
The following questions can help to identify dependence. Are you:
- Steadily drinking or using more at a time or more often?
- Setting limits on how much, how often, when, or where you will drink or use other drugs and repeatedly violating your own limits? Keeping a large supply on hand, or becoming concerned when you run low?
- Drinking or using other drugs before you go out with friends who don't or before going places where alcohol or drugs are not available, such as class, work, etc.?
- Drinking or using other drugs alone?
- Drinking or using other drugs every day?
- Spending more money than you can afford on alcohol or other drugs?
- Doing or saying things when you are under the influence that you regret or don't remember later?
- Lying to friends and family about your drinking or other drug use?
- Becoming accident-prone when you are under the influence such as falling or dropping things?
- Regularly hung over in the morning?
- Worrying about your drinking or other drug use?
- Having academic problems such as missing class, difficulty studying or poor grades?
- Reducing contact with friends or experiencing increased problems with important relationships?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you should consider consulting a counselor or health professional. While one "yes" does not mean you are dependent, it suggests that your drinking and/or other drug use may cause you some problems.
There are no quick cures for alcohol or other drug problems. However, the Counseling Center is here to support you. We can help you assess your situation and co-create a treatment plan with you. Early intervention can help avoid the harmful effects of long-term alcohol or other drug use. All information is strictly confidential and will not be released to anyone without your written consent. Contact us
We offer referrals to support group for students with concerns around their alcohol or drug use. Contact us.
- Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention
- National Institute on Drug Abuse
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Vermont Quit Network
- Contact Luke Lewis for more information!
- Orientation: Beer, Booze, and Books presentation by Jim Matthews M.Ed.
- Social Norms Campaign
- Alcohol Awareness Month
- Alcohol Advisory Council: Group of Students, Staff and Faculty that discuss policies and programming for alcohol and drug education and abuse prevention.
- Share Our Stories Speaker Series