You and Alcohol. Your Student Life for the week of 2/21/21 (Grad-Prof)

February 21, 2021

It is an exceptional achievement to be pursuing a graduate or professional degree. During your time as a Graduate or Professional student you may find yourself struggling to find a balance between priorities such as work, school, home and social life. This can lead to higher levels of stress and impacts on your overall well-being. With the constant pressure to succeed in each of these areas, finding healthy ways to cope with stress can feel increasingly difficult. You may use alcohol in moderation as a way to connect with friends or colleagues, but using alcohol in excess can lead to negative consequences.

Signs of excessive alcohol use may include:

-          Loss of interest in school, work, hobbies, etc.

-          Not showing up for the people and things that are important

-          Having strong cravings to drink alcohol

-          Continuing to drink alcohol even though it is causing physical, social, and/or interpersonal problems

Ohio State’s Student Life Student Wellness Center offers multiple resources to any undergraduate, graduate, or professional student who may want to explore their relationship with alcohol.

ScreenU Alcohol is a 3-5 minute, confidential, alcohol risk assessment based on evidence-based strategies called SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment.) Completing this short assessment on your computer, laptop or mobile device will help you quickly identify if you are experiencing negative consequences due to your alcohol use. Based on your responses, you will receive non-judgmental feedback encouraging you to think about your choices that may be putting you at risk for harmful consequences.

BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) is a program offered to students who may want to explore their relationship with alcohol. The goal of this program is to reduce risky behaviors and harmful consequences of alcohol misuse. BASICS consists of two, 1-on-1 sessions that are held one week apart. Students will work with a facilitator to complete an online assessment, identify potential changes and set goals that could work to reduce their risk for developing alcohol related problems.

BYOB (Beyond YOur Buzz) is a new group starting Thursday, February 25, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for any student who wants to explore their current use behaviors and is interested in gaining perspective, support and tools to make positive change in their life – no matter what their end goal is. This weekly drop-in meeting will bring students together to engage in authentic and open conversation around their substance use and its impact on their daily life and overall well-being.

The CRC (Collegiate Recovery Community) is a welcoming and inclusive environment that empowers students in or seeking recovery from substance use. Its purpose is to enhance students’ quality of life and help facilitate their pursuit of academic, personal and professional goals.

Whether simply curious about your drinking or considering a change, the Student Wellness Center can help. All of the services above are free for all Ohio State undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The SWC’s staff and volunteers are eager to support all students who are interested in exploring their wellness and are considering making positive changes.

Be Well and Thrive!

Geena Crosby, LSW, OCPS

Wellness Coordinator, Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention
Student Wellness Center
Office of Student Life