Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs

Tritons Party Safer - find out how!

CARRS Registration

College Alcohol Risk Reduction Seminars are held at various times throughout the academic quarters. Sign up here.

Quit Smoking Workshops

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

Bulletin Boards

The following Bulletin Board images are available (more coming soon - check back!). Click on each to view (adjust your screen for larger images). Please use the Request Form to order.

ATOD Workshops

Last year, Student Health Advocates facilitated 103 workshops reaching over 2,200 students. We hope to get the opportunity to present a workshop for your group this academic year!

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

CARRS: College Alcohol Risk Reduction Seminar explores improving decision making when it comes to alcohol, what alcohol does to the body, how behavior is affected, and so much more. Reserve a seat at this seminar by registering here.

Flotation Plan: Decisions about alcohol can be tough, but you will leave this workshop with the best plan to keep you and your friends afrloat at any party. Learn why "size matters" when it comes to standard drink sizes and blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

Weed It Out: An interactive, highly competitive program exploring important facts about marijuana gathered from the latest research studies. You have to dig deep to get it all!

Drugs Remixed: Learn about marijuana, study drugs, ecstasy, and many others through an exciting game of Jeopardy.

To request a workshop, go to sha.ucsd.edu and select "Request an SHA Workshop". Fill out the form and submit. You will receive a confirmation within 48 hours.

Alcohol Information

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
  • RADD
  • Liaison to the Colleges

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 - Alcohol & Other Drugs

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).

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.

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. There is an AA Meeting on campus every Monday at 5:00 p.m. - at the Zone, in Price Center Plaza.

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
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.

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?

Useful Links - 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.


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