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Redfern Health Center

Alcohol

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Alcohol is the most widely used and abused drug in our society, and it is also the most popular drug on college campuses. Clemson University is committed to providing a campus environment free of the abuse of alcohol and the illegal use of other drugs.

Clemson University’s Philosophical Statement on Alcohol and Students

Clemson University acknowledges the problems associated with underage and high-risk drinking and is committed to promoting the health, safety and personal responsibility of its students. The University provides education, programs and policies to empower students to make responsible decisions in regard to alcohol management. Students who choose to violate University Policy related to alcohol use are subject to discipline as outlined in the student code of conduct. Where those actions also violate state and/or local law, students are subject to legal consequences as well.

Health Consequence of Alcohol Abuse

The most dramatic effect of alcohol abuse is depression of the nervous system resulting in negative long-term and short-term health, academic and social consequences. This includes impairment of judgment and coordination and may lead to consequences such as traffic accidents, unwanted pregnancies, violence and aggression and decreased academic performance. Continued long-term abuse leads to alcoholism, depression, even death and suicide.

Lower Your Risks

The best way to reduce your risk is to not drink at all. If you do make the choice to drink, there are ways to drink that are less dangerous and less risky, including:
  • Pace your consumption.
  • Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Keep track of how many drinks you have.
  • Do not accept a drink if you don’t know what is in it.
  • Avoid drinking games and pre-gaming

Where to Get Help

Counseling and Psychological Services at Redfern Health Center, 864-656-2451, provides psychological service, individual and group counseling, intervention, support groups, treatment and referrals.

The Assessment Choices Training and Transitions (ACTT) program, 864-656-2451, provides alcohol assessment, education, intervention and referrals for students. Students may enter the program through voluntary self-referral or may be referred by the University or other city, state and county agencies.

Alcohol related education and prevention awareness are available to students through Redfern Health Center’s Office of Health Promotion at (864) 656-0141 or through CAPS at (864) 656-2451.

Aspire facilitators are also available to provide peer-led health and safety focused dialogues that cover three areas key to maintaining a safe campus: alcohol misuse, mental health and sexual victimization in adherence with Title IX. 

Facilitators will guide discussion of risk-reduction strategies, Clemson University resources and bystander intervention. Bystander intervention is an evidence-based strategy that develops the skills needed to notice and correctly interpret when a situation is a problem/emergency and to have the skills to intervene.  Bystander intervention embodies our core values of honesty, integrity and respect by encouraging members of the Clemson family to intervene in situations that could negatively impact the Clemson University community.

Clemson University Alcohol Priority Topics

Behaviors:

  • High-risk Drinking
  • Frequency
  • Quantity

Consequences:

  • Memory Loss
  • Missed class
  • Poor test performance
  • Driving under the influence
  • Trouble with authorities

Protective Behaviors:

  • Refused a drink offer
  • Say the campus is concerned about alcohol safety
  • Are aware that the campus has alcohol safety programming
  • Abide by the university's policies

Sub-Populations:

  • Off-campus student
  • Fraternities/Sororities
  • Freshman
  • Gender specific drinking patterns

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