A comprehensive overview of alcohol education including: information about policies, programs, and resources for support. You can also request a program here.
You have the ability and opportunity to offer assistance to students. This simple gesture may be all it takes for the student to seek help. It is important to remember that you are not expected to be an expert in this area, nor are you expected to be able to diagnose a student’s problem. The first step in helping a student is simply to recognize that a problem may exist. Some of the signs include the following:
Changes in mood or behavior
Smelling of alcohol during the day
Changes in academic performance
Increase in tolerance to alcohol use
Drinking or drug usage as a main priority
Appearing under the influence during class
Blackouts (loss of memory) from alcohol or drug use
Expressed concern from others because of the usage
Missed coursework or classes due to alcohol or other drug use
Drinking more than intended; inability to have just 1 or 2 drinks
Getting into fights or becoming aggressive while under the influence
Trouble with police or university officials because of alcohol or drug use
Preoccupation with alcohol, which may be evident in conversation or course papers
Expressing Concerns for Students
Confronting a student simply means meeting with a student and discussing your concern. Remember that even if the student refuses your help, you are an important part of the process.
The following are some tips for expressing concern for the student:
Identify a confidential area.
Acknowledge genuine concern.
Use an objective, unequivocal, and nonjudgemental tone.
Describe the specific behaviors that have caused you to be concerned.
Be prepared for the student to provide excuses or promise behavior change.
Offer to assist the student in making contact with the Counseling Center.
Curriculum infusion is the process of integrating alcohol prevention content into courses across the curriculum. Faculty members design and deliver alcohol education content for the classes they teach. By integrating alcohol education in many disciplines, students can be challenged to evaluate their beliefs about alcohol use and assess their use habits.
Research projects: Connect alcohol consumption to your field of study. For example, the science behind alcohol’s effect on people, the impact of alcohol advertising on drinking rates, the economic impact of the minimum legal drinking age, the design of online alcohol education programs.
Reflection papers: Ask students to plan for a week where they will change drinking patterns and share their experiences. Health Promotion also has several books that encourage great discussions and reflections alcohol.
Poll students: Create a poll and reflect on the results. Polls may include: activities students do instead of drinking, strategies to minimize the negative effects of alcohol, or knowledge of policies and laws related to alcohol on and off campus.