For Faculty and Staff
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College drinking patterns suggest “times have changed.” No longer are students engaging in drinking as a way to engage with others socially. Students are using alcohol and other drugs to manage depression, anxiety, and other interpersonal conflicts.
Students are engaging in excessive or heavy drinking patterns in an intentional effort to “get loaded.” So much so that the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have identified binge drinking among college age students as a major public health problem.
What is binge drinking? The current definition involves five or more drinks for males, in a two hour time span as compared to four or more drinks for women.
At the University of Wisconsin-Platteville it is our intent to foster a community of informed adults who make thoughtful and responsible decisions regarding lifelong impacts of alcohol and other drug use. UW-Platteville considers the enforcement of campus policies and state laws regarding alcohol and other drug use critical to the prevention of excessive use of substances by students. Students under the age of 21 are prohibited from consuming alcohol anywhere on campus.
Faculty and staff play an important role on our campus for students. Specific to substance use and abuse they can:
- Understand the issue of excessive drinking among college age students.
- Recognize the warning signs of substance abuse.
- Correct misperceptions related to alcohol and other drugs and its use among students.
- Hold high expectations for students with regard to classwork and attendance.
- Create mentoring relationships with students.
- Incorporate alcohol and drug information and assignments into classroom curricula when appropriate.
- Talk to a student if you have concerns.
- Know and use campus resources.
- Refer students.
The following campus resources are available if you are concerned about a student or need more information regarding alcohol and other drug use:
- University Counseling Services 608.342.1865
- Student Health Services 608.342.1891
- Dean of Students 608.342.1854
An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to faculty and staff in the event they are concerned about their own alcohol or drug use or have a family member they are worried about. The university has partnered with LifeMatters to assist faculty and staff with concerns. Their contact information: 800-634-6433 or mylifematters.com (password SOWI).
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