You and Alcohol. Your Student Life for the week of 2/21/21

February 21, 2021

Many students, including those under the age of 21, choose to use alcohol while in college, which can adversely impact their well-being. Research shows that the earlier you begin drinking, the greater your risk of experiencing alcohol related problems. In fact, just being a college student increases those risks even more. It is also important to know that over 30% of Ohio State students report that they have never used alcohol. If you choose to make a positive choice not to use, you will find that you are not alone.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, one in four college students report missing class, falling behind in class, doing poorly on exams or papers and receiving lower grades overall due to their drinking. If you currently use alcohol or decide to use and find yourself experiencing problems related to your use, or you want to explore your relationship with alcohol, know that you are not alone either. 

Ohio State’s Student Life Student Wellness Center offers multiple resources to any 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 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