The University of New Hampshire believes that most individuals can use alcohol in low-risk ways without any increased harm or negative consequences to themselves or others. However, the University also recognizes that some individuals will use alcohol in high-risk way which can negatively impact themselves and/or their community. A problem exists when one’s use of alcohol causes physical or emotional harm, impairs one’s judgment, infringes upon the rights of others, or interferes with one’s work relationships, or daily life. The University regards alcohol problems as it does other behavioral/medical ones and does not attach a moral or social stigma to such personal difficulties. However, persons with such problems will be held fully responsible for their behaviors that violate University regulations or state or local laws.
Alcohol and other chemical dependency problems can be treated successfully if they are identified as early as possible and if appropriate treatment programs are promptly instituted. When the capacity to make informed decisions regarding alcohol and other drug use has been impaired or compromised, prompt and appropriate intervention can help a majority of the individuals involved. The University is committed to encouraging and assisting its members (both individually and groups) who are experiencing these problems to obtain the help they need. The University is also committed to providing educational and counseling services aimed at preventing these problems from developing.
1. Alcohol and Other Drugs
Assistance services for students with alcohol and other drug-related prob- lems and support for their friends are coordinated through Health & Wellness. Services are provided during regular academic terms. If you are taking drugs or medicine of any kind, don’t drink alcohol. Serious alcohol-drug reactions can occur even with only one or two drinks. If you are taking any medication, check with your health care provider, Health & Wellness, or a local pharmacist before you drink alcohol.
2. Assistance Services
Call 911 for urgent care for someone in crisis from alcohol ingestion or incapacitation. Remember, if you are dialing 911 from a cell phone you must give location information and it may take longer than if dialing 911 from a land line phone.
3. Counseling and Intervention Services
Students concerned about their own drinking behavior or other drug use or that of someone close to them, may speak confidentially with an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug educator/counselor. Counseling is provided on a short-term basis; referrals are made to community-based counseling/treatment facilities. Call 862-3823 to speak with a licensed alcohol, tobacco and other drug counselor or 862-2090, to speak with a staff member at Psychological and Counseling Services.
Mandated Alcohol and Other Drug Education
Students may be referred to the Health & Wellness to complete mandated alcohol or other drug education by Community Standards, or by the local court system. There are two classes offered—one for first offense alcohol and one for first offense drugs. Both classes involve an initial meeting with an alcohol, tobacco and other drug educator/counselor, completion of the appropriate class and a 30-minute exit meeting. Students referred for a second or multiple offenses will meet individually with an alcohol, tobacco and other drug educator/counselor for a minimum of three, one-hour session.
Health & Wellness, maintains an updated listing of support groups available in the surrounding communities. Call 862-3823 or visit www.unh.edu/health for meeting locations and times.
Education and Consultation
Health & Wellness offers a full-range of prevention and intervention opportunities for the UNH Community. The UNH Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Program, offers workshops, trainings and resources to students, faculty and staff on a variety of topics. To find out more visit http://www.unh.edu/health/ohep/atod.
A resource library in UNH Health & Wellness provides information about alcohol, alcoholism, alcohol education, tobacco, other drugs, and other important health and wellness issues. It may be used for research, papers, articles, speeches, and personal use.