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.

79%
of SU students who drink, had 5 or fewer the last time they partied
Only 35%
of SU Students used cannabis in the last month
89%
of SU students don't misuse prescription meds

Source: Seattle University National College Health Assessment, Undergraduate, 2019

Alcohol

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
  • 79% of undergraduates who choose to drink, had five or fewer drinks the last time they partied
  • 88% 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.

Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO

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 wellness@seattleu.edu

Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO

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 wellness@seattleu.edu

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.  Chris Fiorello can be reached at 206-296-2593 or cfiorello@seattleu.edu 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.

Cannabis

By the Numbers

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

  • SU undergrads thought that 92% of students used cannabis within the last month when in reality only 35% did
  • Nearly half of Seattle U undergraduates have never used cannabis

So is it Cannabis or Marijuana? 

You'll notice this language is not totally consistent across our site as many of our resources use these words interchangeably- but where we can help it, we use the term "cannabis."

We're intentional about using the word "cannabis" because this word is a more accurate identifier of the plant. Because of the harmful history behind the word "marijuana," we encourage our campus to think critically about this history and it's impact today. Learn more here and contact us with any questions! 

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 wellness@seattleu.edu

Marijuana eCHECKUP TO GO

Learn About Cannabis

New research continues to emerge related to cannabis and we're committed to providing the most science-based information available.  These short, interactive modules answer frequently asked questions on topics related to cannabis 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 cannabis.  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/cannabis for any purpose (see the Code of Student Conduct)
  • Washington State has legalized cannabis possession and use for adults age 21 and older
    • Cannabis can only be purchased at state-licensed retail stores in limited quantities
    • It is illegal to drive under the influence of cannabis
    • It is illegal to consume cannabis in view of the public
    • It is illegal to take cannabis 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

 

Cannabis and Addiction

Cannabis is a narcotic, in addition to other narcotic drugs such as opiates, heroin, cocaine and other drugs. 

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous, often referred to as NA, is for people with a desire to live drug free. There are no dues or fees for NA membership. Find a meeting close to campus here.

Sanction Resources

TRAC 1

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. Please note that in order to view upcoming TRAC 1 classes below, you must be logged into ConnectSU prior to clicking the link. 

Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO  Upcoming TRAC 1 Classes 

TRAC 2

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.  Schedule TRAC 2 here, or email wellness@seattleu.edu.

Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO

CODE 1

Cannabis and Other Drug Education 1 (CODE 1) is a 90-minute group class specifically designed for students who have been found responsible for violating SU's cannabis/marijuana policy. Prior to attending, students are required to complete eCHECK UP TO GO online and register for the class. Please note that in order to view upcoming CODE 1 classes below, you must be logged into ConnectSU prior to clicking the link. 

Marijuana eCHECK UP TO GO Upcoming CODE 1 Classes 

CODE 2

Cannabis and Other Drug Education 2 (CODE 2) is a 60-minute individual meeting to discuss your use of cannabis. 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. Schedule CODE 2 here, or email wellness@seattleu.edu

Marijuana eCHECK UP TO GO

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 ThinkAboutIt@seattleu.edu and we can add it as an available course.

Think About It - Drugs