Faculty and staff members have substantial impact on the campus culture around alcohol use. The negative impacts of higher use and abuse of alcohol include:
Lowering alcohol consumption is one effective way to increase academic success.
Strategies that increase academic success are something everyone on campus can support and encourage.
As you set the norms and expectations for student behavior in your classroom, consider including information on the effects of alcohol on academic performance or resources to help. For example:
Research shows that students have many misperceptions about the role of alcohol use in the lives of other students. They consistently overestimate what their peers consume and the frequency of negative consequences.
At St. Cloud State, about 40% of our students choose NOT to use alcohol, according to the university's 2017 results in the College Student Health Survey.
St. Cloud State data has been collected since 2005. You can make a significant impact by knowing accurate alcohol use statistics and avoiding statements that reinforce misperceptions.
As faculty and staff members, students may confide in you about problems they are experiencing, or you may recognize that they are having difficulties.
To offer assistance, it is necessary to become familiar with the signs that a student might be experiencing difficulties due to their alcohol and/or drug use. Remember that you are not expected to be an expert in this area.
The first step in helping a student is to recognize that a problem might exist and offer assistance. This simple gesture may be all it takes for a student to seek help.
Schedule an UChoose presentation for your class!
Presentations on issues that intersect with alcohol and other drugs can be adjusted to fit your syllabus.
UChoose is an evidence-based campus prevention effort that focuses on the reduction of high-risk alcohol use. We offer a 45-minute interactive presentation that uses empirically based theories and approaches for college students.
Students learn about why people choose to drink, standard drink size, how the body reacts to alcohol, campus policies and city ordinances around alcohol use, and tips to help them make informed choices if they choose to consume alcohol.
When alcohol or drug-related events occur in the media or when partying comes up in a pre-class discussion, use that time to promote healthy and responsible choices.
Use your influence as an authority to share statistics or challenge the misperceptions of alcohol’s role in campus life.
The Recovery Ally program trains faculty and staff to be supportive of students in recovery from drugs and alcohol. Trainings are offered multiple times each semester, and can be requested for your department or staff by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inclusive language is a great way to show support. Language is powerful – especially when talking about addictions. Stigmatizing language perpetuates negative perceptions. They can discourage, shame, isolate and embarrass. Focus on using “person first” language as it focuses on the person, not the disorder.
SAY THIS NOT THIS
Person with a substance use disorder Addict, junkie, drug abuser
Person living in recovery Ex-addict
Person living with an addiction Battling/suffering from an addiction
Person arrested for drug violation Drug offender
Substance use disorder; addiction Substance abuse disorder; drug habit
Had a setback/recurrence of symptoms Relapsed
Positive drug screen Dirty drug screen
Information about recovery, recovery resources, and our Recovery Community at St. Cloud State.