Lead at your university

You have the power to make a positive impact and help bring about changes in behavior on your campus. Here are some resources to help you take the lead and promote responsible consumption of alcohol at your university.

Students leading by example

  1. If you are a legal purchase age adult and choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation and always have a plan
  2. Don’t condone underage or irresponsible consumption and don’t encourage stories of binge drinking or other bad choices related to alcohol misuse
  3. Don't encourage binge drinking through shots or drinking games
  4. Seek to help those who struggle with consuming responsibly, and always honor the decision of those who choose not to drink

Parents leading by example

  1. Know that your job isn’t done when you drop your son or daughter at school
  2. Ask tough questions on the tour, and of schools’ administrators:
    • Is alcohol prevention programming required of students? Is it annual?
    • What are campus alcohol policies, and how are they enforced?
    • Is alcohol-free housing available?
    • Is there a collegiate recovery facility?
    • Is there an adult living in your student’s residence hall full time?
  3. Do your homework, too:
    • Find the university’s Biennial Review and Clery Act report to identify problematic behavior pattern
    • Look at the school’s strategic plan, and goals about student wellbeing and resilience building
    • Make inquiries and watch for reports of alcohol-related injuries or fatalities
    • Talk to students who aren’t paid staff about weekend campus activities
    • Find copies of any government-required reports about alcohol, drugs and crime on campus

Tips for starting a tough conversation with friends

  1. Find a quiet time when you can be alone, when you won’t be interrupted or need to rush anywhere
  2. Stay calm, positive and open to whatever is being said
  3. Underscore that you’re having this conversation because you care and you’re there for support
  4. Consider seeking advice from campus services
  5. Be ready to make a referral, and offer to accompany them to seek professional advice
Resources for talking with your loved ones about alcohol

STUDENTS

  1. Mental Health First Aid

    Training for how to help a person in crisis connect with professional, peer, social and self-help care

    Read more >>

  2. Building Resilience on College Campuses

    Find out how to get involved

    Read more >>

Administrators

  1. National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

    Read more >>

  2. Mental Health First Aid

    Skills to Respond to Signs of Substance Abuse

    Read more >>

  3. National Registry for Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

    Read more >>

If you or someone you know needs help with a drinking problem, there are many organizations that can help

Rehab International

Rehab International

Alcohol Rehab Guide

Alcohol Rehab Guide

Al-Anon Family Groups

Al-Anon Family Groups

Industry Wide Council for Alcohol Consumption

Industry Wide Council for Alcohol Consumption

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous

http://www.aa.org

 

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