Alcohol and Other Drugs
The abuse of alcohol and the use of illegal drugs by members of the University of Georgia community are incompatible with the goals of the institution. In order to further the University’s commitment to provide a healthy and productive educational environment, and in compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, the University has established the following policy on alcohol and other drugs. View the UGA Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs, updated September 2011. To view Georgia state law regarding sale, distribution, or possession of dangerous drugs, download this pdf.
Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Education and Treatment
The mission of the John Fontaine Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education, located in the University Health Center, is to create a low-risk environment by supporting change in the campus/community culture and educating and empowering students. To support this mission, we offer a comprehensive and collaborative scope of services, which includes education, counseling, and intervention services.
Education is provided through a number of venues. All incoming freshman and transfer students below the age of 23 must take an on-line alcohol education program. The program is designed to help students assess risks associated with their current level of alcohol use and to begin implementing strategies to lower their risk of developing alcohol-related problems. Education is also provided through classroom presentations, pamphlets and other literature, and the University Health Center’s Web page. Prevention programs are provided to targeted audiences such as first year students in Freshman College, Athletes, and Greeks.
Anyone interested in education or information related to alcohol or other drugs may contact Deanna Walters, MEd, Alcohol and Other Drug Educator, for a free appointment in the Health Promotion Department at 706-542-8690 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Group and individual intervention services are provided to students who have legal or other alcohol or drug related infractions.
Group and individual counseling is also available to students voluntarily seeking help with alcohol and/or drug related problems. These services are integrated with all areas of the University Health Center: medical physicians, Counseling and Psychiatric Services, and with the AOD Educator and AOD Counselor/Intervention Specialist in the Health Promotion department. When appropriate, students are referred to community therapists and treatment centers.
Students concerned about their drinking or drug use, or who are concerned about someone else’s use may contact:
Health Promotion Department:
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS):
Al Clarke, Ph.D. Call 706-542-2273 for an appointment.
Concerned students may also take an on-line alcohol self-assessment.
To reduce risk for legal, impairment, and health risks from alcohol use we encourge students to follow the 0-1-3 guidelines:
- Zero drinks if you are under 21, pregnant, sick, on medications, driving, have a chemical dependency, or have a family history of alcoholism
- No more than one drink per hour because your body metabolizes about one standard drink per hour
- No more than three drinks on any occasion and never three drinks daily.