Alcohol and Other Drugs
Wellness Education Services is the health promotion arm of the Student Wellness Team (with Counseling and Health Services). By utilizing environmental management strategies and a public health approach our program targets individual, community level and campus wide culture change. Our philosophy for the reduction of high-risk drinking and related consequences is represented by these assumptions:
- Most college students make responsible choices in regard to their alcohol and other drug use, although the overall perception is that most students are using these substances in a high-risk way. It is essential to correct this mis-perception in order to positively shift student attitudes and behaviors to a healthier profile.
- A comprehensive approach to alcohol prevention must foster a campus culture that supports a balanced lifestyle by providing substance-free events and programs, creating policies to keep the community safe and maintaining partnerships with on and off campus resources to fully meet the needs of our students.
- While approximately 70% of students do not drink or drink in lower risk ways, we believe that students who use substances can reduce negative consequences by using harm-reduction strategies.
Party Smart Tips
- Know your limits and set them ahead of time
- Keep track of your drinks and pace them to one per hour
- Avoid mysterious drinks with unknown alcohol content (aka Jungle Juice)
- Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
- Eat before and during drinking
- Avoid drinking games, shots, and chugging
- Do not mix alcohol with energy drinks
- Choose a drink with lower alcohol content
- Use the buddy system to make sure everyone has fun and gets home safely!
Women & Alcohol
There are several biological reasons that women's bodies cannot process alcohol as fast as men, including:
- Women tend to weigh less than men
- Women have 10% less water in their bodies and a higher percentage of body fat
- Women have 70% less of the stomach and liver enzyme that breaks down alcohol
- Hormone differences, since increased estrogen makes individuals more sensitive to alcohol. (For more information, both women and men can consult their doctors)
There has been a slight rise in marijuana use in the past few years though overall use is still relatively low. Sixty-eight percent of UB students reported that they had never used marijuana (National College Health Assessment, 2016). Some students uphold mis-perceptions about the effects of marijuana on the body, believing it is a safe alternative to alcohol or even tobacco. To learn more facts about how marijuana affects college students, check out our Marijuana Information Sheet:
UB, Community, and Internet Resources
- Wellness Education Services: Resources and Consultation, 645-2837
- Counseling Services: Direct Therapy, 645-2720
- Psychological Services: Direct Therapy , 645-3697 or 645-6186
- UB Students in Recovery: Support and Resources for Students in Recovery
- Horizon Health Services: Direct Individual and Group Addictions Therapy , 831-1800
- Brylin Hospital: Direct Individual and Group Addictions Therapy , 886-8200
- Alcoholics Anonymous: Self-help and Support , 853-0388
For More Information
- College Drinking and Prevention
- Counseling Village
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
UB Programs and Partnerships
UB-SAFER (Students Avoiding Further Exposure to Risk)
The UB-SAFER program is an educational resource available to all students who wish to learn more about potential consequences associated with drug and alcohol usage. The program offers education in a safe environment to help students make healthy decisions. Referrals to this program are often made through the Student Wide Judiciary and Campus Living, for violation of an alcohol or other drug policy or law, on or off campus. UB-SAFER referral page
Presentations and Training
Ongoing programs are available for Campus Living, Greek chapters, athletic teams, and Student Association clubs. Topics presented by Wellness Education Services staff and interns include: Alcohol Bystander Intervention workshop and Women and Alcohol workshop. Student leaders can submit an online program request.
In addition, WES staff meets with Resident Advisors to train them in skills to identify signs of alcohol and drug abuse and how to seek help for students at risk.
Alcohol and Drug Free Activities
On-going Wellness activities are available to students so they may learn healthy ways to socialize that do not involve alcohol and drugs. Visit Life & Learning Workshops to register. A list of Late Night events Thursday through Saturday nights are also available online.