Alcohol, Tobacco, & Other Drugs

The committee is open to all faculty, staff, students and even community members. Our goal is to work collaboratively to develop programs, initiatives, and services to reduce the proportion of students engaging in high risk behaviors related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Have questions? Contact the committee chair, Joi Alexander.

Meeting Times

Fall 2017

  • Sept. 7: 11:00am - 12:00pm in HWC 2500
  • Oct. 5: 11:00am - 12:00pm in HWC 2500
  • Nov. 2: 11:00am - 12:00pm in HWC 2500 
  • Dec. 7: 11:00am - 12:00pm in HWC 2500

Committee Composition

Students in Counseling Psychology and undergraduate students in Health Education and Behavior and exploratory. Faculty and staff from Health Promotion, Student Rights & Responsibilities, FSU PD, Athletics, College of Social Work, Office of VP for Student Affairs, Florida Center for Prevention Research, Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, Universities Libraries, Housing, Dean of Students, Health Services, Case Management Services, and University Counseling Center.

Goals & Objectives

  • Reduce the proportion of students who report
    • using marijuana (pot, weed, hashish, hash oil) within the last 30 days.
    • engaging in high-risk drinking of alcoholic beverages within the last two weeks.
    • non-medical use of prescription drugs within the last 12 months.
    • driving after consuming any alcohol within the last 30 days.
    • cigarette use within the last 30 days.
    • smokeless tobacco use within the last 30 days.
    • report hookah use within the last 30 days.

PRESENT Initiatives

  • Continue to implement AOD strategic plan
  • Anticipating revision of FSU Alcohol Policy
  • Revise Biennial Review process to ensure comprehensive adherence to Drug Free Schools and Communities Act regulations
  • Continue to educate students on alcohol and drug risks 
  • Brainstorming ideas to effectively pilot the "E-checkup" tool to specific subpopulations (Athletics, Greek Life, Housing, RSO's) to provide additional resources and awareness to reduce the prevalence of high risk drinking on FSU's campus.

Past Initiatives

  • Awarded $10,000 from Miller Coors grant for second year to provide alcohol prevention education programs with four primary populations: Fraternity and Sorority life, Housing residents, Athletics and Sports Club, and Intramurals.
  • Used the $10,000 Miller Coors grant to provide alcohol prevention education at four campus-sponsored events that thousands of students attended and in which roughly 500 students participated directly in high risk drinking prevention education.
  • Provided alcohol prevention education and risk reduction information at Friday Night Bites (Student Activities) and at Housing's Haunted House to over 250 students.

Data Driving our Work

According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the consequences of excessive and underage drinking continue to result in dangerous and often life threatening consequences. Assaults, injuries, academic problems, health problems, and even death are often the result of high risk drinking behaviors. Alcohol is the number one substance used on this campus, following after is Marijuana and prescription drugs based off our 2015 FSU NCHA data report.

According to a 2017 FSU National College Health Assessment
  • Roughly 89% of FSU students who choose to drink always or usually use a designated driver
  • About 22% of students report not drinking in the past 30 days.
  • Of students who drink, about 55% of students report drinking responsibly (4 or fewer drinks) the last time they partied. Much remains to be done…
  • About 45% reported doing something they regretted after drinking.
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