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Student Mental Health

Twin Cities Campus

Alcohol and Drug Misuse


Are you at risk? What are warning signs of a problem?

How do you know if you or somebody else is developing a problem with alcohol or other drugs?  Usually no single sign identifies a problem drinker, but a continuation (repeated use in spite of negative consequences) or pattern of problems can indicate that the person is moving from mild abuse to moderate or serious abuse and getting closer to addiction. 

Below are some questions that you should ask yourself if you think you drink too much or have a difficult time using alcohol responsibly.  

Drinking Habits
Indicators of Trouble with Drugs and/or Alcohol
Warning Signs

If after thinking about the answers to these questions you are still concerned about the way you use alcohol, you may want to try the online self assessment (E-Chug) or get some feedback from a professional (see Chemical Health Assessment or Health Promotion Consultation).

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eCHECKUP TO GO

eCHECKUP TO GO is a brief confidential self-assessment tool, designed to give students personalized feedback about their alcohol use. The assessment takes about 10 minutes to complete, is self-guided, and requires no face-to-face contact time with a counselor or administrator.

Take an online self-assessment External Link

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Chemical Health Assessment

  • A more comprehensive assessment (psycho-social assessment that includes an exploration of all life areas).
  • Confidential—information is only released if a student has signed a release of information form (the only information released is whether or not the student completed a formal assessment.
  • A file is generated, and the information specific to the formal assessment is protected by federal confidentiality laws.
  • An opportunity to increase the students insight and awareness into their chemical
    health decisions.
  • Is generally 1 hour and 30 minutes in length. The student is very likely be asked to reutrn for a follow-up appointment. If the assessment is for legal purposes, may include colllateral contact.

More information about Chemical Health Assessments at the Boynton Health Service web site External Link

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Health Promotion Consultation

  • Confidential (the only information released is notification that the student attended the informal assessment; there isn't any written record kept in their medical chart)
  • An exploration of the students chemical health.
  • An opportunity to identify potential. problem areas.
  • An opportunity to increase the students insight and awareness into their chemical health decisions.
  • An opportunity to learn (a referral is not meant to be a punitive measure).
  • Is generally 30 - 45 minutes in length.

More information about Health Promotion Consultations at the Boynton Health Service web site External Link

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Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

Find an AA meeting within walking distance External Link of the University of Minnesota:

Substance Abuse and Treatment Locator External Link — access information about treatment programs around the country.

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