Each year 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape, 599,000 students receive unintentional injuries due to alcohol and 690,000 students are assaulted by another student who has been drinking; sadly, over 1,800 die. And most of these were preventable. What place does alcohol have in your life? Think about your decisions regarding your use or non-use of alcohol. How do your decisions regarding help alcohol help you achieve your goals?

" Eat to live, and not live to eat."

Benjamin Franklin

Looking Back:
A Self-Reflection

When you think about your decisions regarding your use or non-use of alcohol, how were these determined?

Check out our worksheet.

Quiz Ideas

  • Are you wondering if you have an addiction to alcohol? Are you concerned about the role alcohol plays in your life? Take this self-test to find out.
  • Is the way or amount you drink harming your health? Should you cut down on your drinking? Take this online assessment to find out.

Moving Ahead:
The Challenge

When you think about your patterns of use or non-use of alcohol, what you changes would you make?

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  • Alcohol - ALCOHOL AND YOU
    • David S. Anderson, Ph.D., Professor, Director , Center for the Advancement of Public Health, School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, College of Education and Human Development
    • David S. Anderson, Ph.D., Professor Director, Center for the Advancement of Public Health , School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism College of Education and Human Development

Campus Resources

  • Counseling and Psychological Services
    CAPS provides a wide range of free services to students, which are provided by a staff of professional clinical psychologists, social workers, counselors, learning specialists, and psychiatric providers. They offer individual counseling, group counseling, workshops, and outreach programs, as well as other resources.
  • Wellness, Alcohol, and Violence Education and Services
    WAVES helps students make healthy, safe choices and encourage lifelong, thoughtful healthy decision-making through individualized support, creative, programming, and evidence-based education and outreach. They help students feel empowered and have the capacity to grow to their full potential and reach optimal wellness and well-being. WAVES offers information on alcohol including staying sober, sober rides, safer drinking, talking to others about their alcohol use and more.
  • University Police Department
    The University Police Department provides a safe and secure environment for all university employees, students and guests, and they provide orientation sessions on safety procedures, alcohol and drug awareness. They embrace the community policies and work collaboratively with academic and administrative units, as well as individuals and organizations.
  • Student Health Services
    Student Health Services provides high quality health care, counseling, health education and prevention services to George Mason University students. From diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury, to women’s and men’s health, to immunizations and prescriptions, Student Health Services is available to all Mason students with clinics at Fairfax, Arlington and Science and Technology Campuses. There is no charge to be seen by one of our healthcare providers. There are nominal fees for treatments, and supplies.

Additional Resources

  • Fairfax County Community Services Board
    CSB provides access to residential treatment programs that include individual, group and family therapy, psychiatric services, medication management, and continuing services. The program level and duration are tailored to the needs of each individual.
  • INOVA Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Services
    CATS provides an array of addiction services including structured programs for patients and their concerned others, inpatient or outpatient, and tailoring services according to individual needs. Treatment and counseling are provided by a professional staff of addiction specialists, including physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, certified addiction counselors and licensed professional counselors.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
    A.A. is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem, stay sober and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
  • Al-Anon of Northern Virginia
    Al-Anon (which includes Alateen for younger members) offers hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics. It is estimated that each alcoholic affects the lives of at least four other people... alcoholism is truly a family disease. No matter what relationship a person has with an alcoholic, whether they are still drinking or not, all who have been affected by someone else’s drinking can find solutions that lead to serenity in the Al-Anon/Alateen fellowship.
  • B4U Drink
    B4UDrink is an interactive program developed by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility that educates the user about how alcohol consumption affects and individual’s Blood Alcohol Concentration.
  • Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
    FAAR leads the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage driving and promotes responsible decision-making regarding beverage alcohol. They reach a broad audience and guide a lifetime of conversations about alcohol responsibility in all 50 states and the nation’s capital.
  • College Drinking- Changing the Culture
    College Drinking was created by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as a one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol and binge drinking among college students. They offer accessible and practical ways for intervention activities.
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
    NIAAA provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems by conducting and supporting research in a wide range of scientific areas including genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, health risks and the benefits of alcohol consumption, prevention, and treatment. NIAAA believes that research and education will remove the stigma associated with the common complex disease of alcoholism, improve acceptance and access to quality care, and prevent chronic relapse.
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
    The NCADD fights the stigma and the disease of alcoholism and other drug addictions by providing a wealth of programs and services. These programs and services include referrals, prevention, education and training, community awareness, advocacy, intervention, treatment and recovery, as well as publications and awareness weeks and month.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    SAMHSA is a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) whose mission is to build resilience and facilitate recovery for people with or at risk for substance abuse and mental illness. SAMSHA support is divided into three components, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the Center for Mental Health Services.