Alcohol and Other Drugs

AA Meetings on campus: During summer break, AA Meetings will be held at the Student Services Building, Conference Room 206 on Mondays from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (June 26 - Sept 29). These meetings will return to the Zone on campus (Price Center Plaza) starting 10/6/2014, every Monday at 5:00 pm.

Are you a smoker and trying to quit? We have walk-in Smoking Cessation Workshops as well as individual counseling available.

Bulletin Board images available for RAs or others: email: studenthealth@ucsd.edu

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Tritons Party Safer - find out how!

Alcohol Self-Assessment

Rehabs.com offers assistance to UC San Diego students

Before You Drink

e-CHUG and e-TOKE anonymous, on-line surveys that provide detailed assessment of your alcohol and marijuana use as compared to other UCSD students (no personal data is stored).

CARRS Registration

Safe Ride sponsored by Associated Students. Sign up online!

Medication Education

Triton Recovery Group - a registered student group dedicated to creating a safe and fun space for UCSD students who want to have an amazing sober time in college. Events, game nights, activities and outings, and meetings every Tuesday 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the LGBT Resource Center in the Heritage Room. Contact TRG@ucsd.edu for more info.

ATOD Outreach Programs

Student Health Advocates facilitate a variety of interactive, informative programs! We can help you equip your group or organization with the latest information to make healthy life choices.

All programs are provided free of charge and usually run about 1 hour. We request a minimum of 10 students per session. Plan ahead - allow at least 2 weeks to schedule a program. Listed below are ATOD programs. Sexual health programs and general health programs are also available.

Alcohol Jeopardy. Learn about alcohol facts, alcohol effects, alcohol and college life, and more in this interactive and fun game modeled after the famous TV show.

Be a Friend . . . Save a Life. Whether you are a drinker or a non-drinker, find out how to party safely, what alcohol does to your body, and how to help a friend.

CARRS: College Alcohol Risk Reduction Seminar. This fast-paced, interactive presentation looks at college students and the use of alcohol. Whether you are a drinker or non-drinker, explore action/consequences and ways to improve your decision-making in any scenario while learning how to party safely, what alcohol does to your body, how behavior is affected, and what resources we have on campus to help.

Cocaine. A comprehensive program that looks at the most recent studies on cocaine and its physical and mental effects on the body.

Alcohol & Energy Drinks = Trouble!. Discover more about the interaction between alcohol and energy drinks - the facts may surprise you. Also, learn about BAC and your behavior regardless of what you are mixing with alcohol.

Hookah: Hype or Hoax? An old tradition with a new flair. Find out what is in the tobacco used for the hookah and the issue of second hand smoke.

Marijuana - Fact or Fiction?. An interactive program looking at all the facts about marijuana.

Marijuana Jeopardy. Learn about maijuana, hookah, tobacco, college life and more in this interactive and fun game modeled after the famous TV show.

Great Triton Challenge: Marijuana Throwdown! A fast-paced and interactive "Team A" vs. "Team B" game that also promotes discussion about marijuana. Winner takes all!

What's a Drink? Let's see what a drink really is by visualizing standard drinks and elaborating on risk reduction tips. This program goes well with mocktails!

Schedule your program now! To schedule a FREE outreach for your group or organization, fill out the online request form or call (858)534-1824.

What Student Health Services is doing

Student Health Services strongly supports a risk reduction philosophy and the implementation of policies and programs that attempt to curb alcohol and other drug (ATOD)use and its associated negative consequences.

How to Help a Friend!
Handy wallet-size card with advice on how to help a friend who drank too much alcohol, and numbers to call for more information. Print out and carry!

Prevention

The comprehensive prevention approach that UCSD implements follows the Public Health Model of prevention by looking at combined strategies aimed at changing the physical, social, legal, and economic environments on campus and in surrounding communities. This environmental management approach recognizes that student behavior is influenced at multiple levels: personal, peer, institutional, community and public policy.

AOD Activities include:

  • Recruitment and training of peers
  • Training RAs and HAs
  • Curriculum development
  • ATOD surveys
  • Policy review and implementation

AOD Collaborations:

  • UCSD AOD Committee/Meetings
  • San Diego Underage Drinking Initiative
  • College Bar Task Force
  • Liaison to the Colleges
  • Law Enforcement Task Force
  • CARPI

Want to Quit Smoking?

If you are a smoker and would like to quit, make an appointment by calling a health educator at Student Health Services at (858) 534-5571. Smoking cessation appointments at SHS are free. If you prefer phone counseling to help you quit, call the California Smokers' Helpline at (800) NOBUTTS. Watch this video for more information.

UC San Diego will become a Smoke-free campus by 2014. Read about the Systemwide policy here and learn how Student Health Services can help you quit!

Alcohol + Energy Drinks = Trouble!

Top five reasons why mixing alcohol with energy drinks is a really bad idea.

  1. Mixing alcohol and energy drinks can increase the risk of alcohol poisoning. Since caffeine makes people feel "less drunk" than they really are, they tend to drink more than they should.
  2. Mixing alcohol and caffeine can make your heart rate and blood pressure rise.
  3. Caffeine can make you feel energetic even if you're drunk. Why is this dangerous? Because people can be "tricked" into thinking they are alert enough to do things like drive a car, when they really aren't.
  4. Caffeine and alcohol are both diuretics, leading to dehydration (and really bad hangovers).
  5. Adding caffeine to alcohol can make drinking alcohol all the more addictive.


Useful Links:

What Alcohol Does to Your Body - useful information from QuitAlcohol.com.

Alcohol Myths
This flash video outlines the most common myths about alcohol. Think you're in control? Think again!

Go Ask Alice - how to help a friend.

Alcohol Screening
Try this self-assessment tool to understand your alcohol use and the potential health issues involved with it.

Rethinking Drinking Drinking can be beneficial or harmful, depending on your age, health status and how much you drink.For anyone who drinks, this site offers valuable, research-based information. What do you think about taking a look at your drinking habits and how they may affect your health?

UCSD Psych & Counseling Services

Alcoholics Anonymous - for complete information and a listing of all San Diego County meetings.

Smart Recovery- offers free face-to-face and online mutual help groups. SMART (Self-Management And Recovery Training) helps people recover from all types of addictive behaviors, including: alcoholism, drug abuse, substance abuse, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities. SMART is an alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

Hangover Headache Help
Oh my aching head! Here are some expert tips on avoiding -- or treating -- morning-after head pain. Web MD Hangover Help.

Hungover?
Popular tips on how to prevent or lessen hangovers here.

The Danger of Mixing Alcohol and Medications - Mixing alcohol with certain medications can cause serious problems. It can make a medication less effective or even useless, or it may make the medication harmful or toxic to your body.

Half of Us - a very unique website that de-stigmatizes mental health, encourages more young people to seek out ways to improve their state of mind, and reaches those who need help the most. Sections on alcohol, depression, suicide, eating disorders, anxiety, and stress.

Facts on Tap - information on alcohol and other drugs.

California Office of Traffic Safety website.

Tobacco

Social Smoking-Is it all that bad?
It may not seem like a lot, but puffing while you party once or twice a week can indeed have negative effects on your health. The Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the British United Provident Association (an independent health care organization) both recently published studies about "casual smoking".

Can I Get a Light?

How to Quit - Useful information from the CDC.

My Last Dip, a free online resource to help smokeless tobacco users quit.

Social Smoking and Birth Control
Several health risks go along specifically with smoking while on the birth control pill. There is some evidence that smoking can decrease the effectiveness of OCs.

Other Drugs

Narcotics Anonymous - local information.

Smart Recovery- offers free face-to-face and online mutual help groups. SMART (Self-Management And Recovery Training) helps people recover from all types of addictive behaviors, including: alcoholism, drug abuse, substance abuse, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities. SMART is an alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

Moderate Marijuana Use and Health Effects. How dangerous is light to moderate use of marijuana?


If you have questions or concerns, e-mail us or call a Health Educator at (858) 534-3874.