Counseling Center

Alcohol and Drugs

The use of alcohol and other substances is often enjoyable in moderation, however, many substances can become addictive or habit-forming, and if use becomes chronic and/or excessive if may begin to affect your academics, relationships, and mental and physical health.  A party culture that involves heavy alcohol or drug consumption can have a negative impact on the larger campus community.  If you have questions or concerns about whether your own level of use is healthy, consider visiting the Counseling Center for a confidential assessment or taking an anonymous online alcohol self-screening.  While there is no specific measurement to determine when substance use crosses the line from social and fun to unhealthy, the following signs may indicate that a problem exists.  The greater the number of signs on the list, the greater the concern.

Recognize

  • You have difficulty controlling how much you drink/use and don't respect limits you set for yourself
  • Friends, family members or others have expressed concerns about your use
  • You go to class or work under the influence
  • You have been injured or have caused injury to someone else as a result of your substance use
  • You have had legal or disciplinary problems as a result of your substance use
  • You have experienced blackouts or brownouts (memory lapses) as a result of your substance use
  • Substance use has affected your daily functioning, e.g. class or work attendance or performance, relationships, attention, or memory
  • You have done things you later regret under the influence
  • While under the influence, you engage in high-risk behaviors such as drinking and driving, having unprotected sex, binge drinking, etc.
  • You regularly think about alcohol/drugs and when you can next drink/use
  • You feel reliant on alcohol or drugs, e.g. drink in the morning, can’t go without smoking for a day, feel you need to drink or get high in certain situations.

Resources

On Campus (413-542-extension):

Off Campus: