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Alcohol and Other Drugs


Educational Resources

For Alcohol and Drug Use on Campus

Substance misuse and drug dependency are problems of staggering proportions in our society today. They are the leading causes of preventable illness, disability, and death in the United States. Alcohol/chemical dependency is a disease that affects not only individuals, but every component of the family system, workplace, and the community.

College campuses are no stranger to these issues and the statistics on college drinking can be pretty sobering. So before you chug that beer or down that kamikaze, check out some facts.

College Drinking Statistics According to National Surveys

  • 39.1% of college students drank alcohol with the intention of getting drunk (ACHA-NCHA, 2021).

  • 14.4% of college students reported driving after consuming alcohol within the prior month (ACHA-NCHA, 2021).

  • 1,519 college students are killed yearly by injuries involving alcohol, and 696,000 are assaulted yearly by another intoxicated student (NIH, 2023).

  • Nearly 150,000 college students who drink excessively will develop resulting health problems each year, including cirrhosis, various cancers, and heart disease (Alcohol Rehab Guide, 2023).

  • On average 1.2 million college students drink alcohol every year and a little more than 700,000 use marijuana. (Lipari et al., 2016).

  • Heavy drinking lowers the chance of a college student getting a job by 10% (Bamberer et al., 2018).

Where Do You Fit In?

The good news about drinking statistics on campus is that most students that do drink, drink responsibly. According to the Core Institute, one of America’s leading research institutions on college drinking habits, most students have less than six drinks per week. More than one in four students have not had any drinks in the past 30 days.

Alcohol Protective Factors

  • Use a designated driver.
  • Stay with the same group of friends the entire time drinking.
  • Choose not to drink alcohol.
  • Avoid drinking games.
  • Eat before and/or during drinking.
  • Alternate non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Stick with only one kind of alcohol while drinking.
  • Pace drinks to one or fewer an hour.
  • Keep track of number of drinks being consumed.
  • Determine in advance not to exceed a set number of drinks.
  • Have a friend let you know when you’ve had enough.

What To Know About Drugs and Alcohol

Learn about alcohol and other drug topics so you can make informed wellness decisions.

Alcohol Poisoning

Learn how to spot alcohol poisoning and what to do if you or a friend are experiencing symptoms.

Party Smart Tips

Learn ways to lower your risk of encountering a dangerous situation while partying.

Responsible Gambling

Gambling can be entertaining, but also a slippery slope. Learn how to gamble in a responsible manner.

What to Know About BORGs

BORGs have become popular among college-aged populations but are seriously dangerous. Understand the risks of consumption.

What's in a Drink

Learn what's in alcoholic beverages, how it might be affecting you, and how to drink more responsibly.

Stress Management Tools

Find resources for managing stress and improving your quality of life. College isn't easy, we're here to help you lighten the load.

Drinking and Date Rape

Date rape is a very serious issue on college campuses. Learn about how it is related to alcohol consumption.

Substance/Alcohol Use and Driving

It is never a good idea to drink and drive. See what a DUI could mean for you.


Fentanyl overdoses are a rising issue across the country. Learn ways to get test-strips and improve your knowledge of the drug.

WVU Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act 2023

WVU is committed to creating a drug-free school and community. Learn about the act guiding this principle.


Related Programs

WELLWVU offers a variety of educational programs to be presented to groups of students. Read about alcohol and other drug programs we offer to see if any may be a good fit for your campus community.

See Alcohol and Drug Prevention Programs

Alcohol and Other Drug WellCasts

In this featured WELLCast you'll learn ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day safely. Watch other alcohol and drug educational videos from the WELLWVU team by visiting their YouTube Channel linked below.

Visit the WELLWVU YouTube Channel

External Resources

For more information about alcohol and other drugs, visit these helpful outside resources.