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Loyola University Chicago

Choice. Control. Character.

For Faculty & Staff

We all know that most students drink alcohol. What's the big deal? It’s not only that students are drinking, but it’s the way that many students drink that puts them and others at risk for harm. Heavy drinking (defined as 5 or more drinks in one sitting) has negative implications for academic performance, health and safety.

According to surveys of LUC undergraduate students*, 81% report having drunk alcohol at some point. Many report experiencing negative consequences in college as a result of alcohol or other drug use. Examples include:

What is the University doing to address alcohol-related problems?

“Choice. Control. Character. Making decisions about drinking” (CCC) is Loyola’s initiative to prevent harm related to alcohol. CCC includes required prevention education for all first-year students (‘AlcoholEdu for College’®), interventions for ‘at-risk’ students (‘Choices’ and ‘BASICS’), referral services that connect students with treatment and support groups, and media campaigns that focus on safer decisions about drinking. With these programs firmly in place, CCC is now focusing on shaping the campus-community environment by engaging faculty, staff, parents and community members in prevention efforts.

Is concerning myself with student drinking part of my role at Loyola?

Yes, every member of a community that is dedicated to the Jesuit Catholic ideal of cura personalis, “the care of the whole person,” should be concerned for the good of others. Often, faculty and staff are among the first to notice that a student is having personal problems. If a student is abusing alcohol to the point where it interferes with his/her studies or well-being or affects someone else’s campus experience, you may be well-positioned to communicate concerns and to refer the student for assistance. You may be the one who makes all the difference in a student’s life.

How can I tell if a student has a drinking problem?

There may be no definitive way of being sure, but potential warning signs include:

Multiple signs and a pattern (versus a single episode) make it more likely that there is a significant problem.

What can I do if I suspect a student is having an alcohol-related problem?

Communicating with the student is the first step. You are not expected to take on the role of counselor, but you can identify a student who is showing signs of problems and then connect that student to available help. Here are some tips:

Tips for a Successful Interaction

Not sure what to do? Consulting with a professional from the Wellness Center can help you determine how to help a student who may have a drinking problem. Please call 773-508-2530 and ask to speak to the counselor on duty.

Don’t promise absolute confidentiality in all circumstances. If a student’s drinking behavior threatens the safety of the student and/or community, notify Loyola’s Behavioral Concern Team. See www.LUC.edu/bct or call 773-508-8300 for more information.

What can I do to help prevent alcohol-related problems?

Students often assume that heavy and frequent drinking in college is normal and acceptable. These assumptions contribute to the problem of alcohol misuse. By adopting some of the suggestions listed below, you can help to correct students’ perceptions about drinking in college and create a healthier campus culture.

In the Classroom

In Class and Around Campus

*LUC Spring 2013 ‘National College Health Assessment' (n=999 undergraduates). *LUC Spring 2012 'Core Alcohol & Other Drug Survey' (n=1,254 undergraduates). Note: LUC students' rates of alcohol use and negative consequences are similar to national averages.

Resources for Faculty and Staff



Wellness Center—Lake Shore Campus
Granada Center · 6439 N. Sheridan Road, Suite 311, Chicago, IL 60626
Natasha Mmeje · nmmeje@luc.edu · Phone: 773.508.2530 · Fax: 773.508.8790

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