Alcohol use is often viewed as being part and parcel of the college experience.  Indeed, national data shows that approximately 80% of college students drink alcohol, and approximately 1,800 college age students die each year from alcohol related injuries.  Alcohol use on college campuses plays a direct role in several other harms, such as academic problems, physical assault, sexual assault, and unsafe sex.  Wesleyan is especially concerned with high-risk drinking because of the associated harms to the individual and the community and as such has defined high-risk drinking for educational and judicial purposes. 

The resources and tools below are a great way to become informed on Alcohol and Other Drug education and prevention.

Campus Resources:

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Committee - The Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Committee was convened in January 2006 and continues to meet for monthly committee meetings.  The committee is currently comprised of staff and students.  Please email Seirra Fowler, Director of The Office of Health Education to learn more about the committees current projects.
  • Illegal Drug Task Force - This time-bound task force was convened in April of 2015 and was charged with researching and creating a list of recommendations to address the prevention, education, and treatment of illicit drugs at Wesleyan.  Please visit the Illegal Drug Task Force page to learn more about their membership and efforts.
  • We Speak We Stand Bystander Intervention Program - Wesleyan's bystander intervention program empowers students to intervene in situations involving high-risk drug and alcohol use.
  • Recovery@ - Recovery@ is a network of students and administrators who gather for mutual support as they navigate the particular challenges of recovery at Wesleyan University.
  • Individual Brief Motivational Interview Session - allows students to privately discuss personal alcohol and other drug use with a trained health educator. Please email Emily Pagano, Health Education Specialist, to set up an appointment.
  • Peer to Peer Brief Motivational Intervention Program - Through this program, trained students have one-on-one conversations with fellow students about alcohol use.  The goal is to activate the student’s intrinsic motivation to avoid problems by changing their behavior.  Please email Seirra Fowler, Director of The Office of Health Education or Maureen Islieb, Associate Director of Residence Life for more information on this program.
  • WesWell Workshops - WesWell's Peer Health Advocates are trained to facilitate workshops about several different health issues, including alcohol and marijuana education. We would love to do a workshop for you.  Just fill out the program request form.
  • WesWell Library - The WesWell library has a wide variety of books and pamphlets covering different aspects of Alcohol and Other Drug education.

Learning Links:

  • Alcohol EDU - AlcoholEdu® is an online, science-based course taken by hundreds of thousands of students each year. Whether you drink or not, AlcoholEdu will empower you to make well-informed decisions about alcohol and help you better cope with the drinking behavior of your peers. You can access the full course through your e-portfolio under the Student Life portal (link called AlcoholEdu).
  • eCHECK-UP To Go -
    • Marijuana eCHECK-UP To Go is an interactive web-based program that allows college and university students to enter information about their marijuana use and receive individualized feedback about their use.
    • Alcohol eCHECK-UP To Go is an interactive web-based program that allows college and university students to enter information about their alcohol use and receive individualized feedback about their use.
  • Alcohol: What You Need to Know Booklet - provides Wesleyan-specific answers to frequently asked questions about alcohol, including information about Wesleyan’s alcohol policy.
  • Marijuana Educational Handout - focuses on marijuana’s effects on the body and includes information about available resources.
  • MDMA Educational Handout - focuses on MDMA’s effects on the body and includes information about available resources.
  • Drugs, Harm and the Campus - find information and resources on the 3 linked panels addressing drug use hosted in the Spring of 2015.