Drugs and Alcohol

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

Costs: General consultations are free for students. Mandated consultations will incur some costs, unless self-referred.

To make an appointment

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

Screenings & assessments

  • 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
  • ScreenU Alcohol is a brief confidential screening (2-3 minutes) that can help you identify if you are experiencing negative consequences because of your alcohol use. Based on your responses, you will receive non-judgmental feedback.
  • ScreenU Marijuana is a brief confidential screening (2-3 minutes) that can help you identify if you are experiencing negative consequences because of your marijuana use. You will receive personalized, non-judgmental feedback.
  • ScreenU Rx is a brief confidential screening (2-3 minutes) that can help you identify if you are misusing prescription medications. Non-judgmental feedback will also be provided with this screening.

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 2017:
      • 98% of eCHECK UP participants could name one thing they learned about alcohol from the program
      • 98% 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 during the 2017-2018 academic year:
      • 93.8% could correctly name three signs of alcohol poisoning & 93.5% could name three actions to take to help someone in an alcohol emergency (compared to 17% and 36.1% before the program)
      • 12% intervened in an alcohol emergency situation since the training (3 month follow up)
      • 74% 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 Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) includes an environment that is supportive to the therapeutic and educational needs of Iowa students considering recovery, are in recovery, or desire to support those in any stage of recovery from addiction. The CRP provides support through community building, social support, academic support, substance-free activities, advocacy, outreach, and creating greater opportunities to access resources and services available on campus. There is a support group (Success, Not Excess) and a student organization (Strength in Numbers).
  • UI Health Data includes statistics on alcohol and drug use among UI students from the National College Health Assessment survey

Information for parents

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