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.
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