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Alcohol & Drug Safety

Alcohol and Drug Safety Week





U in the Driver Seat Press Conference

Tuesday, September 30, 2014



DWI Simulator and DWI Cart

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Building B- Student Center


DUI Vehicle

Don't let this happen to you.
This vehicle was the casualty of drinking and driving.

College is not an excuse to abuse drugs and alcohol.  Changing the Culture.



  • According to the U.S. Department of Education, 35% of the new freshmen population will comprise the bulk of new drug users and potential drug abusers on college campuses.
  • 43% of the overall college student body has either tried or is currently addicted to at least one of the top ten drugs found on college campus.
  • Although most college students use prescription drugs properly, about one in four people aged 18 to 20 report using these medications non-medically at least once in their lives. 
  • Non-medical use of pain relievers is on the rise among college-age youth. 

Signs and Effects of Drug Abuse

Body Signs

  • Red Eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Smells like marijuana

Behavioral Signs

  • Use of eye drops
  • Difficulty thinking
  • Drowsiness
  • Easily distracted
  • Awkward movement

Emotional Signs

  • Elevated mood
  • Giggling or being silly
  • Lack of anxiety or stress

Verbal Signs

  • Slowed and/or slurred responses
  • Difficulties expressing themselves coherently
  • Make comments that their sense of taste, touch, smell, sound or vision is heightened
  • Making comments that time seems to have slowed

ALCOHOLAlcohol and Drug Safety Week


  • 1, 825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries. 110,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are arrested for an alcohol-related violation such as public drunkenness or driving under the influence.
  • 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
  • 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape. 
  • 3, 360,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 under the influence of alcohol
  • 31 percent of college students met criteria for a diagnosis of alcohol abuse and 6 percent for diagnosis of alcohol dependence in the past 12 months, according to questionnaire-based self-reports about their drinking.


Tips and Warnings:

  • If you have friends at college who you suspect may have a drinking problem, talk to them about it.  Sometimes, they may need a good friend to point out a potential problem. 
  • Get involved in campus activities to distract you from drinking.  For example:  Instead of attending parties, why not help to plan them through your student events organization?
  • Don’t ignore the potential signs of a drinking problem.  Beyond your grades suffering or being kicked out of school, you risk serious injury or death.


Preventing Drug and Alcohol Abuse:

  1. Learn to say “No”.
    Just because other people around you are drinking/using drugs, that doesn’t mean you have to drink/or use drugs.  If you can’t resist the temptation to drink/or using drugs, avoid situations where other people will be drinking/or using drugs around you.
  2. Distract yourself by staying active.
    Make a list of activities to do instead of drinking/ or using drugs.  Use the time and money you would normally devote to drinking/or using drugs to do those activities with family and/or friends.
  3. Evaluate your relationships and cut out the ones that make you more likely to drink/or use drugs.
  4. See a counselor or mentor on a regular basis who can help you stay on track with your sobriety. 

Know When to Get Help:

  1. Assess your drinking/drug habits- Signs of serious problems include
    1. Pre-gaming- drinking alcohol before going out to drink at a bar or party
    2. Binge-Drinking- drinking more than four alcoholic beverages in one sitting,
    3. Drinking alone, early in the day, or throughout the day
    4. How many times a week are you drinking/using drugs?
  2. Think about how your drinking/drugs affects your life.
    1. Drinking/drugs causes you to become abusive or hostile
    2. Has negatively affected your grades and /or finances
    3. Has affected the quality of your appearance
    4. Has alienated people you were once close to
    5. Your drinking/drug use has likely spiraled out of control
  3. Drinking/drugs has affected you physically
    1. No longer as physically active as you once were
    2. Gained weight or extreme loss of weight
    3. Your stamina has decreased
    4. Sleeping most of the day

Getting Help:

  1. Visit your college’s counselor. 
  2. Consult Alcoholics Anonymous, Drug Treatment Facility or other programs that can help you get on track toward sobriety
  3. Enter a rehabilitation program for alcoholism/drug abuse. 
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