College student drinking affects almost all college campuses. Excessive drinking among students has been linked to death, injury, assault, sexual abuse, unsafe sex, academic problems, and drunk driving.
Half of all college students will engage in binge drinking. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has defined binge drinking as five or more drinks in a row for men, and four or more drinks in a row for women at least once within a two-week period.
Student groups who may be particularly vulnerable to binge drinking are:
Because alcohol and other drug use can be quite common among college students, it can sometimes be hard to discern when the amount or frequency on one's drinking or the effects of one's drinking are becoming a problem.
If you are uncertain about your drinking behaviors or use of other substances, you can ask yourself the following questions:
If you answered "Yes" to one or more of these questions, you can consult with a counselor to find out more. The Counseling Center can help you explore your substance use behaviors and any concerns that you or others may have by scheduling an appointment with the Counseling Center.
You can complete a confidential self-assessment to provide valuable feedback on alcohol use while educating about the harmful effects of use through e-Chug and Other Alcohol Online Self-Assessment Tools.
Utilize these tips to stay safe and healthy during social activities that may involve alcohol or other substances:
If you are with someone who may be in danger after drinking or using drugs:
If you have a pattern or engaging in binge drinking or drinking/using substances with negative consequences or if you believe that seeking services services to better understand or change your substance use behavior would be helpful, consider the following services available to IUP students:
The Counseling Center provides the following services for substance use and abuse:
If you have concerns about your drinking, or about someone else’s drinking behaviors, please call us at 724-357-2621.
For more information on IUP’s policy regarding Drug and Alcohol Judicial Sanctions, please see the Office of Student Conduct.