Alcohol and Other Drugs
Some students find that their drinking or substance use patterns become problematic. Signs that you may be experiencing a problem include poor academic performance, conflict in social, romantic, or familial relationships, and black-outs. University Counseling can help you address these issues and develop behavior patterns that are more healthy.
Substance Abuse: Impaired ability to regulate substance consumption leading to adverse consequences including:
- Failure to fulfill obligations (academic, social, etc.),
- Use that is physically hazardous,
- Legal problems,
- Recurrent interpersonal problems,
- Medical problems.
Substance Dependence: A pattern of maladaptive substance use leading you to significant functional impairment or distress:
- Tolerance (need more of the drug for the same effect),
- Withdrawal (most often alcohol or opiates),
- Use consistently exceeds intentions,
- Unsuccessful efforts to control use,
- Impairment of functioning.
Alcohol is by far the biggest problem at W&L, but cocaine, stimulants, MJ, and LSD are also common problems. Watch for:
- Repeated pattern of drinking or using in spite of adverse consequences,
- Academic effects,
- Risky behavior such as driving or indiscriminate sexual behavior; blackouts.
Remember: There is danger of death by alcohol poisoning. Opiates are especially dangerous in overdose.