"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 Coordinator of Health Promotion, Dana Minton
College is an exciting time to discover just exactly who you are. Opportunities exist for you to explore 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. 75%-80% of college students may indulge in the practice. The concern is that all students may not be fully aware of the facts about the substances they are using. Knowledge is power. On these pages, you will find information and resources about alcohol and other drug use in college. These links are student friendly and will provide you with valuable information should you need it. There is also information about how to get involved in a bystander intervention program called Red Watch Band. In this program students learn to use CPR skills, to recognize signs of Alcohol Poisoning, and to practice making emergency calls for victims of alcohol overdose. Finally, if you are worried about your own drinking or a friend’s, there is a link for a screening site that will help you determine if you (or a friend) need help addressing your alcohol use.
Before you choose to drink (or use illegal or prescription drugs for recreational purposes) I urge you to browse through this information and make sure you are armed with all the facts. You should also familiarize yourself with New York state law and SUNY Geneseo’s Code of Conduct. Think about your choices and know your limits. Your college years should be some of the most memorable of your life. Be safe!
Dana Minton M.A.
Coordinator of Health Promotion