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Alcohol and Substance Abuse

The purpose of the information contained in these pages is to enable you to make informed choices. It is important to take care of yourself and to avoid taking risks that you may regret. If you or a friend has a problem with alcohol, call the Wellness Center at 435-797-1131.

Drinking at Utah State University

On university campuses, many consider alcohol use to be synonymous with student life. Underage, as well as high-risk drinking (drinking to get drunk, usually more than 4 drinks per sitting), is a common problem. Utah State has a dry campus policy (No Alcohol). For more information on Utah State alcohol policy please take a look at Student Code Article V Section V-3, B - Misconduct. However, if you are of age and choose to drink moderate amounts of alcohol responsibly, it can contribute to your social experience. For more information on drinking at Utah State please take a look at the Alcohol Policy.

Contrary to popular belief, most USU students do NOT drink above moderate levels. However, college drinking is often episodic, closely related to beliefs, rituals and traditions held by the residential colleges. For those who binge drink or drink heavily, they risk their own health and academic potential as well as the physical, mental and emotional well-being of their peers who abstain or drink moderately.

What is a standard drink?

A standard drink contains less than one ounce of pure alcohol. Just as one box of cookies doesn't represent a single serving, alcoholic beverage containers are not necessarily representative of “one” drink.

A standard drink is:

  • One 12-ounce bottle of beer* or wine cooler
  • One 5-ounce glass of wine
  • 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits

*Different beers have different alcohol content. Malt liquor has a higher alcohol content than most beverages.

Drug Use and Abuse

The recreational use of drugs (legal and illegal) can result in negative consequences, from decreased productivity to physical addiction or death. We strive to provide information and resources for USU students to be best informed about the choices they make.

There are a lot of places to get information about drugs. Many are one-sided, some omit important points. Knowing that you're checking a reputable source ensures you are making the most informed choices. Here are some well-researched resources:

Are you drinking at risk?

At risk drinking levels:

  • Men – more than 4 drinks a day or more than 14 drinks a week
  • Women – more than 3 drinks a day or more than 7 drinks a week (NIAA 2003)

Taking Notice

How to recognize signs of an alcohol problem:

  • Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?
  • Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
  • Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?
  • Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning (as an “eye opener”) to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover?

If you answer “yes” to one or more of these questions, your drinking may be problematic. If you'd like to talk to someone about options for moderating or cutting back on your alcohol consumption, call 435-797-1660.

Finding Help

The Wellness Center

Located at the Student Health and Wellness Center building north of the Football Stadium 435-797-1131.

The Wellness Center has informational brochures and pamphlets available for students, as well as a lending-library with a section devoted to alcohol and other drugs. Books and videos may be checked out by students at no charge. You may also schedule an appointment to talk with a Prevention Specialist who can help you evaluate your drinking behaviors and provide you with resources for change.

USU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Located in the Taggart Student Center Room 306
Mailing Address: 0115 Old Main Hill; Logan UT 84322-0115
Phone: 435-797-1012
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Off-campus Resources