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Dartmouth Cares: Mental Health Awareness, Crisis Intervention, and Suicide Prevention

 

Counseling & Human Development
Dick's House, 2nd Floor
7 Rope Ferry Road
Hanover, NH  03755
Phone: (603) 646-9442
Fax: (603) 646-9410

Alcohol and Other Drugs at Dartmouth

Mission

When to be Worried

As a member of the Dartmouth College community, you can play an instrumental role in helping students gain access to clear and accurate information about alcohol and other drugs. Dispelling myths about substance use put faculty, staff and students in a better position to: support students who want to abstain from alcohol and other drugs, encourage moderate drinking for those who decide to drink, and assist those who show signs of problem drinking and drug use. This brochure identifies behaviors that suggest high-risk substance use and provides a description of the various services offered by the Counseling and Human Development Office.

When does alcohol and other drug use become a problem?

No two words appear to create more confusion regarding alcohol and other drug use than the terms "use" and "abuse." Alcohol and other drug use refers to the amount (quantity) that one consumes. Alcohol and other drug use can lead to abuse when one engages in high-risk usage despite repeated negative consequences (e.g. legal, physical, psychological, medical, etc, academic problems).

Despite common perceptions that all college students drink heavily, data from national statistics suggests that most college students drink moderately. Dartmouth's own evaluation and research team has discovered the same results. A majority of Dartmouth students drink 0-4 drinks when they party.

Last Updated: 10/2/08