College students have many choices. They choose majors, what clubs to join, where to live, and how to spend their free time. One of the most important choices they can make is about the role alcohol and other drugs will play in their lives as students.
One of the best-kept secrets about college students and alcohol is that most college students make low-risk choices. Most college students balance their time between activities such as studying, volunteering, working, leading campus activities, and socializing with friends. These students aren't usually featured in the movies or news stories of the day, but they are the majority of the students. In fact, 28 percent of UW-Platteville students have not drank an alcoholic beverage in the past 30 days, according to the 2011 Spring AODA Survey. However, UW-Platteville students perceived that only 2 percent of UW-Platteville students had not had a drink in the past 30 days—that's a HUGE misperception!
While most college students make reasonably safe and healthy choices about chemical use, there are college students who make risky chemical choices. They use alcohol and other drugs in ways that interfere with their academic performance, lead to legal hassles, jeopardize their safety, and create disruptions for others.
There are no magic wands to ensure that college students avoid harmful use of alcohol or other drugs. Real life involves choices and consequences. All college students should know the facts as they make choices about alcohol use.
The UW-Platteville AODA Prevention and Education Program offers written material and educational resources with regard to the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs.
University Counseling Services offers AODA screening/assessment and educational classes for referred students.
The links below are intended to provide you a quick reference regarding alcohol and other drugs: