Alcohol & Drug Education
Alcohol Awareness and Prevention Programs
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
Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)
We intend that students who complete the BASICS will be able to:
- Identify the most significant parts of their Echeck up to go feedback that helped them understand their personal level of risk associated with alcohol use.
- Articulate how their feedback may impact future decisions they make about alcohol use.
- Understand the effects of alcohol on the body, relationship and academics
- Understand and be able to implement responsible drinking strategies
BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) is designed to assist in examining a person’s drinking and other drug-use behavior in a judgment-free environment. BASICS is not an abstinence-only program. Instead, the goals are selected by the participant and are aimed at reducing risky behaviors and potential harmful consequences. Services provided through the BASICS program are non-judgmental, non-labeling, and confidential.
What BASICS is intended to do:
- Provide information and feedback about your drinking style and patterns, reviewing how your drinking compares to other Denison students, as well as your individual risk factors (family history, consequences, etc.).
- Explore aspects of your drinking style that have either have already resulted or may result in unpleasant or harmful experiences for you.
- Help you think through ways to maximize the positive effects associated with alcohol and minimize the likelihood of having unpleasant experiences
- Information gathering
- Program orientation
- Alcohol questionnaires
- Completion of eCheckup to go
- Feedback and discussion
- Review feedback sheet
- Personalized BAC chart
- Risk reducing strategies
CHOICES about Marijuana Class
We intend that students who participate in the Choices About Marijuana class will
- Understand how their choices about marijuana relate to their values, beliefs and goals.
- Better understand the effects of marijuana on individual wellness (i.e. physical, emotional and social)
- Identify possible positive alternatives to the behavior and develop strategies to choose those alternatives in the future.
- Understand personal motivation and readiness to change.
About the Program
The Choices About Marijuana class is a harm-reduction education program that takes place in a group setting. The goal of the class is to promote students’ self-reflection about marijuana use through interactive discussion. Participants will explore how marijuana impacts the body and brain, as well as discuss consideration of alternative behavior and strategies for risk reduction around future use. Participants will complete personal reflection exercises about the role marijuana plays in their lives, and how marijuana use connects or does not connect to their personal values, goals and objectives. The class is approximately 90 minutes in length and includes a short reflective exercise submitted to the Office of Student Conduct & Campus Values. The class is facilitated by staff from the Whisler Center for Student Wellness.
E check up to Go: Online alcohol and marijuana assessment
We intend that students who complete the E check up to go on line assessment will:
- Identify the most significant parts of their Echeck up to go feedback that helped them understand their personal level of risk associated with alcohol or marijuana use.
- Articulate how their feedback may impact future decisions they make about alcohol or marijuana use.
About the Program
e-CheckUpToGo is a brief, interactive assessment tool that provides you with individualized feedback regarding your alcohol use, and helps you identify your risk of harm associated with that use. The assessment takes about 20 minutes to complete, is self-guided, and requires no face-to-face contact time with a counselor or administrator. This tool is free to Denison students and there is no limit on how many times you can take the assessment, which allows you to track your alcohol use over time.
The personal feedback, used in conjunction with counseling, or as a stand-alone intervention, includes information that has been shown to be particularly motivating to college-aged young adults: Use this link to access the ALCOHOL E-CheckUp to Go Program (Alcohol or Marijuana)
Prescription Medication Misuse Prevention and Awareness
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
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.
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: