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 regulate 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:  A pattern of maladaptive substance use leading you to 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