Alcohol and Drug Misuse
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.
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).
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Find an AA meeting within walking distance of the University of Minnesota:
- Minneapolis area and the surrounding suburbs
- St Paul Alcoholics Anonymous
Substance Abuse and Treatment Locator — access information about treatment programs around the country.