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Alcohol and Other Drugs

Some students find that their drinking or substance use patterns become problematic. Signs that you may be experiencing a problem include poor academic performance, conflict in social, romantic, or familial relationships, and black-outs. University Counseling can help you address these issues and develop behavior patterns that are more healthy.

Substance Abuse: Impaired ability to regulated substance consumption leading to adverse consequences including:

  • Failure to fulfill obligations (academic, social, etc.) 
  • Use that is physically hazardous 
  • Legal problems 
  • Recurrent interpersonal problems 
  • Medical problems

Substance Dependence: Pattern of maladaptive substance use leading you significant functional impairment or distress:

  • Tolerance (need more of the drug for the same effect) 
  • Withdrawal (most often alcohol or opiates) 
  • Use consistently exceeds intentions 
  • Unsuccessful efforts to control use
  • Impairment of functioning 

Alcohol is by far the biggest problem at W & L, but cocaine, stimulants, MJ, and LSD are also common problems. Watch for:

  • Repeated pattern of drinking or using in spite of adverse consequences
  • academic effects
  • risky behavior such as driving or indiscriminate sexual behavior; blackouts.

Remember: There is danger of death by alcohol poisoning. Opiates are especially dangerous in overdose.

Alcohol and College Drinking