Drugs and Alcohol

Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Do you know how much the college student drinks? How can you tell when you’ve had too much?

Student Health & Wellness provides consultations on alcohol and other drug use. Confidential consultations are available with our substance abuse counselor for any questions or issues you may be having or experiencing.

Costs: General consults are free for students enrolled in 5 or more semester hours. Consultations requiring a substance use evaluation will incur some costs, unless self-referred.

To make an appointment:

  • With our Substance Abuse Counselor (at the Westlawn location) call 319-335-8394

Other alcohol education & outcomes: 

  • All incoming 1st year students and transfer students are required to take Alcohol eCHECK UP TO GO as part of the College Expectations course on ICON.
    • Data from participants in fall 2014:
      • 44% of incoming students reported that they were non-drinkers
      • 93% of eCHECK UP participants could name one thing they learned from the program
      • 97% of eCHECK UP participants could name one reason it is best to wait until age 21 to drink
  • Red Watch Band is a voluntary program that gives students free alcohol bystander training and CPR/AED training.
    • Outcome data from participants in fall 2014:
      • 74% could correctly name three signs of alcohol poisoning & 75% could name three actions to take to help someone in an alcohol emergency (compared to 4% and 17% before the program)
      • 9% intervened in an alcohol emergency situation since the training (3 month follow up)
      • 85% reported either positively changing at least one drinking behavior as a result of the program or not using alcohol (3 month follow up)

Additional resources:

  • UI Alcohol Harm Reduction Plan includes information on alcohol initiatives on campus and outcomes
  • UI Health Data includes statistics on alcohol and drug use among UI students from the National College Health Assessment survey
  • Alcohol eCHECK UP TO GO is a brief self-assessment that will provide you with accurate and detailed information about your personal risk patterns, individual level of alcohol tolerance, unique family risk factors, harm reduction strategies, and helpful resources on campus and in the community. 
  • Marijuana eCHECK UP TO GO is similar to Alcohol e-CHECK UP TO GO and can provide you with information about your marijuana use, harm reduction strategies, and local resources. 
  • Alcohol Dependence Screening

For Parents:

Read this alcohol & drug Q&A document for more information. You may also watch this video for helpful tips on communicating with your student regarding their use of alcohol: