Alcohol & Other Drugs


Alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) is a significant problem in our society and across all college campuses and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is no exception. Substance abuse can lead to a number of problems for college students, including lower academic performance and the increased chance of being the victim of sexual assault.

Alcohol and other drug problems are complex. There are no simple and easy solutions. Numerous aspects of the problems must be addressed - recreational activities, education, policies, enforcement, and changes in the way alcohol is served and advertised.

Comprehensive prevention involves everyone - faculty members, parents, work-study supervisors, resident assistants, counselors, community members, and the college students themselves.


College students have lots of choices. They must choose a major, which 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 in college.

One of the best kept secrets about college students and substance use 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 are not usually featured in the movies or news stories of the day, but they are the majority of college students.

While most college students make reasonably safe and healthy choices about substance use, there are college students who make risky 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 is no magic wand 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 substance use.