Decisions, decisions, decisions. What major should I pick? How do I avoid that extra 15lbs everyone talks about? Should I try to meet new people or just stick with the friends I have from High School? What about alcohol? Is it really that big of a deal?
Making decisions about alcohol and other drugs is something we are all faced with at some point in our life. For many, these choices first happen once we get to college. The Health & Wellness Hub is here to aid you as you find yourself facing these choices.
We suggest that you take our Online Alcohol Education to gain more information about alcohol. Don't worry, it's not graded. This tool is open to everyone (families: that means you can take them, too) and it will only take about 20 minutes to complete.
What You Should Know About Alcohol
We provide education and resources on responsible, low risk alcohol use. We want you to know about the affects alcohol has on your body, your overall life, and, of course, on your academics. We especially want you to know what happens when you or someone you know uses alcohol in high risk ways.
What is Low Risk Use?
Okay, first things first: what does alcohol do when I put it in my body? Knowing how alcohol works will help you stay in control and avoid negative consequences. It all can be summarized through 0-1-2-3:
0- Understand when not to drink. This includes times like if you have a test or project coming up, if you plan to drive after drinking, if you haven't eaten first, etc.
1- Limit yourself to no more than one drink per hour. The body takes just over one hour to process one drink. Drinking faster than this will means dealing with more negative consequences.
2- Keep drinking down to no more than two times per week. The body needs 2-3 days, once sober again, to recover from drinking. Spacing out the nights you drink will help your body stay healthy. It's also going to help your memory which means you'll do better in class.
3- Slow and steady wins the race- no more than three drinks a night. I'm not going to lie, drinking more than this just isn't fun. Puking, blacking out, getting into fights, hangovers... Yuck!
Does Everyone at UND Drink?
Have you seen the movie Animal House? Have you watched MTV's Jersey Shore? Do you think those people actually do more than go out every night, drink until they're super drunk, fight, and sleep with people? Social Media does a really good job of making us think that this is all that they do. They make us believe that in order to be sexy, desirable, fun, and to truly experience college life you must drink, drink often, and drink in large quantities. But this is not what actually happens in college.
Did you know 9 out of 10 UND students said they do NOT need to have alcohol to have a good time? In fact, 1 in 3 UND students (any age) state that they do not drink at all.
Medical Amnesty Act
If you think you or someone else might need help because of drinking too much, call for help!
"An individual under twenty-one years of age is immune from criminal prosecution under [the North Dakota Century Code] if that individual contacted law enforcement or emergency medical services and reported that another individual under twenty-one years of age was in need of medical assistance due to alcohol consumption, provided assistance to the individual in need of medical assistance until assistance arrived and remained on the scene, or was the individual in need of medical assistance and cooperated with medical assistance and law enforcement personnel on the scene. The maximum number of individuals that may be immune for any one occurrence is five individuals" (North Dakota Century Code Section 5-01-08)
Signs of Alcohol Overdose
Many people think it is okay to just sleep alcohol off. This is not always true. If you or someone else is experiencing alcohol poisoning, getting help may mean saving a life. Below are the signs of alcohol overdose; if you or someone else has ANY of these symptoms, seek help IMMEDIATELY.
- Person has slow or irregular breaths:
- Less than 8 times per minute or
- More than 10 seconds in between breaths
- Person is passed out and cannot be awakened.
- Person is vomiting and does not wake up.
- Person has cold, clammy, or bluish skin color.
Campus Resources for Alcohol & Other Drugs
Health & Wellness Hub
The Health & Wellness Hub has a variety of resource materials, handouts, display boards, and Peer Educator staff to help guide students, families, and staff through questions, choices, and issues regarding alcohol and other drugs.
Peer Educators are UND students who are committed to a campus social environment that provides low-risk choices for students and promotes and reflects the attitudes, behaviors and values of a healthy lifestyle. The Peer Educators are trained to facilitate on-campus workshops about alcohol and other drugs. They also conduct one-to-one assessments of personal alcohol use, implement preventative and alternative programs, conduct media campaigns, and disseminate information on a wide variety of health topics.
Why talk to a Peer Educator? They are students just like you so they are experiencing the same things you are. They can talk with you like a friend, but they are trained in alcohol and other drugs, sexual and general health, mental health, and nutrition and physical activity. Because they are trained in these topic areas, they can answer questions, listen when you need a shoulder to lean on, and get you connected to other resources. Stop by, we are always looking for a new friend to chat with!
Student Health Services
Student Health Services is here for you not just for the common cold, they want to talk to you about alcohol & other drug use too. They provide information on alcohol and other substance use to students in conjunction with clinic visits, when appropriate. Students are screened for high risk alcohol use as a part of their men's or women's health exam and referrals are made to the University Counseling Center and other appropriate providers when further assessment, counseling, or treatment is needed or requested.
Sometimes a physician is who we trust most. Don't be afraid to set up an appointment at Student Health Services to talk about alcohol and other drug use. They are happy to help and are trained specifically in the health needs of college students.
For more information about Student Health Services, visit their webpage: UND.edu/health
University Counseling Center
The University Counseling Center provides professional counseling in a warm, welcoming environment and serves as the primary resource for issues and concerns related to alcohol and other drug use. The University Counseling Center staff are available to consult with students, faculty, and staff, providing a full range of services. Some of their resources include: staff addiction counselors available for alcohol and other drug evaluations or assessments, a resource library, online assessment, Student Chemical Assessment Review Program (SCARP)- including a chapter specific to Greek Life –and group therapy sessions. The group therapy sessions are composed of a volunteer group of students who abstain from alcohol (Been There/Done That) and marijuana (Changing the Routine) use, respectively.
You don't have to be "crazy" to go talk to someone; actually one in three UND students use the University Counseling Center.
For more information about the University Counseling Center, visit their webpage: UND.edu/counseling-center
Residence Services plays an active role in promoting health and well being, including educating the campus community about the dangers and consequences of high risk alcohol and other substance use and abuse. Residence Life staff partner with other campus entities to enforce campus policies and assist students in accessing services that will help them to be successful. All Residence Life staff are trained to work with substance use/abuse issues and other concerns impacting academic success.
Residence Life staff- your RA, hall director, and so on, are great go-to people if you have questions or concerns about alcohol or other drugs. They can help you navigate tough choices and get you connected with resources and alternatives to substance abuse. They also live where you live, right in the residence halls, so they are easy to get a hold of and know what it is like to live in the same environment you are living in.
Living Learning Communities
Residence Services have developed a few Living Learning Communities within the residence halls as a means to promote healthy decision making, leading to greater academic and personal success. As a members of a Living Learning community (also called Wellness Wings), students have the opportunity to develop healthy practices, and incorporate the seven dimensions of wellness: emotional, intellectual, physical, occupational, environmental, social, and spiritual. Financial wellness, an area that has also been recognized as a component of balance and success, is folded into the Living Learning Community as well. Students participating in the program sign a contract promising not to abuse alcohol and other drugs, creating a supportive community in healthy decision making.
For more information about our Living Learning Communities, please visit their webpage: http://und.edu/student-life/housing/residence-halls/living-learning.cfm
University Police Department
The University Police Department takes pride in their relationship with campus organizations and students. The University Police Department is willing to go into residence halls, classrooms, Greek Houses, and many other venues, to talk about the dangers of alcohol, the consequences (not only criminally if underage or while driving, but to your future), as well as answer any questions you may have. Through their involvement with campus initiatives, the University Police Department demonstrates a true commitment and proactive mindset while dealing with alcohol and substance issues on UND's campus.
Dean of Students: CARE Team
The CARE Team
A network of campus colleagues, the CARE Team is operated through the Dean of Students Office. Members are available to assist with emergencies involving UND students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Crisis situations include major accidents, missing students, sickness that interferes with attending classes, death, suicidal ideation, situations involving self-harm, psychological trauma and sexual violence.
Contacting the CARE Team
- Weekdays between 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Call the Dean of Students Office at (701) 777-2664.
- During weekends, evenings, or University holidays: Call (701) 777-3491. Your call may be answered through the Grand Forks County law enforcement dispatch desk. Please advise the officer you wish to speak to a UND CARE Team member.
What can you expect?
- When a CARE Team member is contacted about a student's well-being, that student will be contacted by a Dean of Students or University Housing staff member.
- ALTRU hospital typically contacts a Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) volunteer when the emergency room staff suspect violence, including sexual violence.
- When UND staff have information about a student who is under the age of 21 having a medical emergency, including an overdose of alcohol or other drugs, the parent(s) will be called.
More information and additional resources are available on the UND CARE Team webpage.
Parents LEAD (Listen, Educate, Ask, Discuss)
Alcohol use and underage drinking in North Dakota is a serious subject many parents often worry about. Parents LEAD (Listen, Educate, Ask, Discuss) is a program designed to help parents talk to their children about underage drinking. As a parent, talking to your child about certain subjects can be difficult, but it's not impossible. That's why the Parents LEAD website was created; to get parents talking about these subjects and to assist you in helping your kids make the right decision when it comes to alcohol use, underage drinking, driving after alcohol or drug use, or riding in a vehicle with someone who has consumed alcohol or drugs. As parents we ask ourselves, "How do I start talking to my kids about alcohol use?" Parents LEAD includes tips for starting the conversation, handling questions from children and suggestions for effective prevention measures at each developmental stage.