Students

Alcohol and Drugs: Assessment

Individual Behavior

This is a short assessment to help you evaluate your individual drinking or drug use:

1. Have you ever felt that you should cut down on your drinking
or other drug use?
2. Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking or drug use?
3. Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking or drug use?
4. 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 answered "yes" to two or more of the above questions, you may have a problem with alcohol or other drugs. If you or other people you know believe that you may have a problem, we encourage you to schedule a confidential appointment with a specialist at Social Services, (510) 642-6074.

Not sure yet? Here are some other questions to help you take a further look at your use:

When you drink or do drugs, have you ever:

  • Had an accident or injury, or gotten in a fight?
  • Been taken to the hospital for drinking/using too much?
  • Forgotten what happened or what you did?
  • Hidden your use from others?
  • Felt it affected your social life, family life, or friendships?
  • Missed class or lost study time the day after?
  • Been concerned about how other think about you?
  • Regretted something you've done or said?

Do you:

  • Drink or use before going out most of the time?
  • Drink or use when you have problems or feel depressed?
  • Keep using until the alcohol or drugs are gone?
  • Hang out with friends who drink like you drink, or use like you use?
  • Get upset if somebody says maybe you drink or use too much?
  • Find you've lost friends because of your use?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above, then your use may be giving you problems. There are medical, counseling and educational resources at the Tang Center that can help. We hope you will use them.

Environmental Factors

This is a short assessment to help you evaluate whether there may be policies and practices within your groups' culture that contribute to alcohol-related problems.

  1. Do members notice possible problems and refer other members, including students to alcohol or drug counseling/assessment services?
  2. Do members avoid using personal language or behaviors that signal acceptance of alcohol or drug misuse and harm?
  3. Do group communications include information on the adverse effects of alcohol or drug misuse on group and/or individual performance or reputation?
  4. Do members refuse excuses for work not completed up to expectation or on a timely basis because of alcohol or drug use?
  5. Have members been confident about how to handle a possible alcohol or drug-related incident or situation?
  6. Do members avoid scheduling activities, including exams and assignments, to accommodate heavy or other high risk alcohol or drug use?
  7. Do any group sponsored events (i.e. social, professional development, etc.) that include alcohol use hosts/servers with Responsible Beverage Service Training?

As you answer and discuss the above, consider the impact on: Underage students; Students who choose not to drink; Students struggling with their own limits related to drinking and partying.

If you answer no to three or more of the questions, your informal and formal policies and practices may be contributing to high risk drinking and alcohol-related problems for group members, including students. There are prevention and education, training, and consultation resources at the Tang Center that can help further assess and address the need for change.

Last revised: September 2011

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