"I stand up against drug and alcohol abuse because I like who I am, and I don't want to be anyone else." - Rob White, Resident Assistant
Letter from AOD Program Coordinator Sarah Covell
The college years are a time to begin the journey of discovery, to explore who you are and what you want out of life. Opportunities exist to indulge your academic interests, volunteer in your community or abroad, participate in recreational sports or fitness activities, and lead a vibrant social life. Unfortunately, the vibrant social life found at college can be negatively affected by excessive alcohol use.
Drinking alcohol in college is not a new issue, of course. Nationwide, about three-quarters of college students indicate that they use alcohol, and because it’s illegal for most of them, they often drink too much too fast. Alcohol overdose is a real concern on college campuses, and we want all students to be armed with the knowledge and confidence to intervene to help a friend, if need be. On these pages, you will find information about harm reduction strategies, spotting the signs of alcohol overdose, and getting help for yourself or a friend.
Before you choose to drink (or use illegal or prescription drugs for recreational purposes) I urge you to browse through the resources available through this and other health-related web pages and make sure you are armed with all the facts. Familiarize yourself with New York state law and SUNY Geneseo’s Code of Conduct. Make informed choices, know your limits, and be ready to Stand Up for each other!
Sarah E. Covell MS, LMHC, NCC
Alcohol & Other Drug Program Coordinator