Alcohol and Other Drugs

The choice is yours

and it should be an educated one

There are lots of myths out there about alcohol and other drugs.  We're here to offer the most research-based information available.

of SU students who drink, had 5 or fewer the last time they partied
Only 31%
of SU Students used marijuana in the last month
of SU students don't misuse prescription meds

Source: Seattle University National College Health Assessment, Undergraduate, 2017


By the Numbers

There are lots of misperceptions about alcohol and college students and we want you to know what's really going on.  Here are some of the results from our latest campus study about student health behaviors. 

  • 1 in 3 Seattle U undergrads chose not to drink in the last month
  • 75% of undergraduates who choose to drink, had five or fewer drinks the last time they partied
  • 90% of undergrads report using a designated driver regularly, over the last year 

A Standard Drink 

If you choose to drink, it's important to know how much alcohol is in your drink.  12 oz of beer, 5 oz of wine, or 1.5 oz of liquor (80 proof) all have the same amount of alcohol in them, making them standard drinks.


A confidential online program designed to help you reflect on our choices related to alcohol.  Students can discuss their results in person by scheduling an appointment to meet with a staff member or a trained peer in the Health and Wellness Crew (HAWC) by emailing


Alcohol and Addiction

Whether you're concerned about your drinking or looking to support a friend, we're here to help.  Students can schedule an appointment to meet with a staff member or a trained peer in the Health and Wellness Crew (HAWC) by emailing

Alcohol Use Disorder Screening

This screening is a quick way to determine if you or someone you care about may need to reach out to a doctor or mental health professional for an evaluation. It is educational, not diagnostic.

Alcohol Use Disorder Screening

On-Campus Recovery Support

If you're in recovery and looking to connect with other SU students, the Director of Wellness and Health Promotion maintains a private list of students who have expressed interest in sharing their contact information to build a supportive network together, join each other at meetings, or plan sober social events.  Ryan Hamachek can be reached at 206-296-2593 or to discuss this network.

Alcoholics Anonymous 

Alcoholics Anonymous often referred to as AA, is for people with a desire to stop drinking.  There are no dues or fees for AA membership.  Visit the meeting directory for the most updated list and to find meetings near campus.  

  • Wings is a Mon-Sat, 12 to 1 p.m. meeting that takes place at Seattle First Baptist (1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle 98122)

Al-Anon and Alateen

Al-Anon is for family and friends who are worried about someone with a drinking problem.  Members share their experience, strength, and hope with one another, in recognition of the ways addiction impacts their relationship with a loved one, regardless of whether the alcoholic in their life has sought help or recognizes the problem. Visit the meeting directory for the most updated list of meetings. There are currently two Al-Anon meeting groups on campus:

  • Pathways To Recovery Step Study AFG: Sundays at 12 p.m. in STCN 122

  • Focus On Gratitude AFG: Thursdays at 7 a.m. in STCN 122

Alateen is a peer support group for teens who are struggling with the effects of someone else’s problem drinking. Many Alateen groups meet at the same time and location as an Al-Anon group. Alateen meetings are open only to teenagers. Alateen is not a program for young people seeking sobriety.


By the Numbers

Students often think marijuana use is more common than it actually is, so here's what we know based on our latest campus study.

  • SU undergrads thought that 91% of students used marijuana within the last month when in reality only 31% did
  • More than half of Seattle U undergraduates have never used marijuana

Marijuana eCHECKUP TO GO

A confidential online program designed to help you reflect on our choices related to marijuana.  Students can discuss their results in person by scheduling an appointment to meet with a staff member or a trained peer in the Health and Wellness Crew (HAWC) by emailing

Marijuana eCHECKUP TO GO

Learn About Marijuana

New research continues to emerge related to marijuana and we're committed to providing the most science-based information available.  These short, interactive modules answer frequently asked questions on topics related to marijuana and are provided by the Alcohol and Drug Institute at the University of Washington.

Marijuana E-Learning Modules

Washington State Law & Seattle U Policies

State laws and university policies differ when it comes to marijuana.  This section is intended to be educational, please refer to specific laws and policies for the most updated information.

  • Seattle University prohibits the possession or use of marijuana for any purpose (see the Code of Student Conduct)
  • Washington State has legalized marijuana possession and use for adults age 21 and older
    • Marijuana can only be purchased at state-licensed retail stores in limited quantities
    • It is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana 
    • It is illegal to consume marijuana in view of the public
    • It is illegal to take marijuana outside of Washington

 Washington Recovery Helpline

The WA Recovery Help Line, a service of Crisis Clinic, is a 24-hour crisis intervention and referral line for those struggling with issues related to mental health, substance abuse, and problem gambling. Professionally trained volunteers and staff provide confidential support and referrals to detox, treatment, and recovery support groups.

  • 1-866-789-1511

Washington Recovery Helpline  Online Chat

Teen Link

 Are you a teen with questions about drug or alcohol use, gambling issues or mental health? Every evening from 6-10pm teen volunteers are available to talk with you about any issue, big or small.

  • 1-866-TEENLINK

Teen Link  Teen Link Chat

Sanction Resources


Teaching Responsible Alcohol Choices 1 (TRAC 1) is a 90-minute group class specifically designed for students who have been found responsible for violating SU's alcohol policy.  Prior to attending, students are required to complete the eCHECKUP TO GO online and register for the class.

Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO  Upcoming TRAC 1 Classes


Teaching Responsible Alcohol Choices 2 (TRAC 2) is a 60-minute individual meeting to discuss your use of alcohol.  Prior to the meeting, students need to complete the eCHECKUP TO GO online and should bring their printed (or digital) results with them to the appointment.  Meetings can be scheduled by emailing


AlcoholEdu - Sanctions

AlcoholEdu is an online course that is assigned as a sanction for violating Seattle U's alcohol policy.  Students at Seattle U can access the course by creating an account and using the registration code: 2fdeb9af

AlcoholEdu - Sanctions

Think About It - Drugs

Think About It: Drugs is an online course assigned as a sanction for violating the University's narcotics policy.  Seattle U students will use their university login information to access this course. If "Think About It: Drugs" does not display as an option after logging in, email and we can add it as an available course.

Think About It - Drugs