Alcohol and Other Drug Programs

Alcohol Awareness and Prevention Programs

Denison University Drug and Alcohol Policies and Information

Learning Outcomes

We intend that students who attend alcohol awareness programs will:

  • Understand the presence of drinking at Denison
  • Understand the reasons people do or do not choose to drink
  • Understand BAC and what is considered a standard drink
  • Understand the effects of alcohol on the body, relationship and academics.
  • Understand and implement responsible drinking strategies.
  • Recognize the sign of alcohol overdose and know how to get help.
  • Know where and how to utilize campus AOD resources.

Program Description

Harmful and underage drinking remain significant problems on U.S. campuses, despite our collective efforts to address them. Higher education officials understand that, all too often, alcohol and other drug-related problems can seem intractable, leading to questions and frustration over how best to reduce student drinking and other drug use and its negative consequences. The overall goal of Denison’s comprehensive alcohol and other drug abuse prevention program is to reduce harm associated with alcohol and other drug use, thereby creating a safer campus community and environment.

National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Weeks

Held each year during the third or fourth week of October and for a week in April National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness week aims to bring attention to the serious public health issues posed by excessive drinking among college student during a part of the academic calendar that is marked by football games, homecoming, Halloween weekends, and other large celebrations on many campuses.  Check the Wellness Calendar for updates information and dates.

  • Providing awareness and preventions resources
  • Distracted driving simulator
  • Sex under the influence program
  • Free screenings and assessments
  • Community and Campus Resources
  • Educational interactive activities including: intoxication goggles, spin wheel, mock tails (can you pour a standard drink)
  • National Alcohol Screening Day: Usually April 6

Web Resources for Alcohol and Other Drugs

E check Up to Go: Free Alcohol and Marijuana Assessment

Screening for Mental Health: Free Alcohol Screening

Statistical Snapshot of College Drinking

Bacchus and Gamma

Higher Education Center on Alcohol and Other Drugs


Prescription Medication Misuse Prevention and Awareness

Learning Outcomes

We intend that all who participate in prescription medication programs will:

  • Understand safe medication use.
  • Learn how to resist the pressure to share.
  • Gain techniques for turning down the invitation to misuse and engaging in positive alternatives.
  • Understand the impact of misusing or abusing prescription medications

Program Description

While alcohol abuse and binge drinking still top the list of substance abuse issues on college campuses, the non-medical use of prescription drugs — most notably stimulants, sedatives and pain relievers — is a serious and growing problem. In fact, those of college-age have among the highest rates of prescription drug abuse. About one in four people aged 18 to 20 report using these medications non-medically at least once in their lives (NSDUH, 2008), and many more have been offered these medications by friends or fellow students.

  • The other Freshman 15 (15 Fact that could save your life)
  • Brain Booster Workshop: conducted by medical and counseling staff this one-hour session focuses on ADHD education, reducing medication diversion and help students use the medication safely and effectively as prescribed. Please contact Health and Wellness Education at 740-587-6358 for workshop schedule.

Web Resources:

Generation Rx

Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery

National Council on Patient Information and Education College Resource Kit

Nonmedical Use of Prescription Stimulants Factsheet

Contact Us


Please call 740-587-6200 and press #1 to schedule an appointment with a member of our medical or behavioral staff

*Given demand for student appointments, we ask that you cancel any appointment you are unable to attend.

Counseling “Walk-in Hour”:

No appointment necessary
Monday through Friday
11:30 am - 12:30 pm.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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