Alcohol and Drugs
If you are of age, it is your legal right to drink. It is also your
right not to drink. If you choose to drink, we encourage you to follow Canada's low-risk drinking guidelines. The following tips can help:
Designate a sober friend within your group. One clear head is better than none.
- Alcohol is not a cure for low self-esteem. If alcohol is your way of
reinforcing your confidence, try going out sober one night a month. The
challenge is to remain sober for the duration of the evening and work
at being comfortable with yourself.
Drink in moderation.
- Carry a condom. If you don't decide to use it, pass it along to a friend.
drunk, you're still responsible for your behaviour, before society, your
peers-and the law. High risk drinking habits formed in
university can stay with you for life, interfering with jobs,
relationships, commitments, personal stability, and your health.
If you choose to take drugs, be informed.
Learn about the drugs you are taking. Know the dosage, effects, and risks.
- Stick with your friends and try to designate one sober person for
the night. Don't use drugs alone or with just one other person: Drug and
alcohol use is implicated in the majority of date rape cases.
Always buy from a dealer you can trust and ask question about what
you're buying. Don't accept drugs from people you don't know or trust.
- Always use clean needles. Never share. Sharing needles puts you at a high risk for contracting HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
Do not mix alcohol with drugs, especially those that have a sedative effect. It is dangerous and potentially fatal.
- Drink plenty of water with amphetamines and their derivatives (like
ecstasy). Most "ecstasy deaths" are the direct result of dehydration.
Meetings take place in UCC, Room 369, at 2:30 Friday afternoons. It is open to anyone who has, or thinks he or she may have a problem with
alcohol. Meetings offer information,
support, and help toward recovery and are open to students, faculty,
staff, and members of the general public.
- eight community-based addiction programs
- professionally trained counsellors
- no restrictions related to age or gender.