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

  • Over 1500 students were introduced to Green Dot through program overview presentation.
  • 262 students attended one of nine 6-hour Bystander Intervention Training sessions.
  • Invited to be the featured community service component for Homecoming 2016. The partnership raised student awareness of resources on campus and in the community as well as encouraged students to donate supplies to the FSU Victim Advocate Program and Refuge House.
  • Partnered with students from SGA Senate, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and the Inter-Residential Hall Council to pass two Student Government Association resolutions. The resolutions encourage members of their community to attend Green Dot Bystander Trainings as part of their leadership development.
  • FSU was invited to be a virtual host and consultant by Green Dot etc. for the inaugural Connecting the Dots: National Green Dot Day of Action. FSU Green Dot connected with over 50 colleges and universities across the country to coordinate a simultaneous bystander training across all time zones.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 10.6% of FSU undergraduates experienced sexual touching without their consent.
  • 2.3% of FSU undergraduates experienced sexual penetration without their consent.
  • 3.6 % of FSU undergraduates experienced stalking.
  • 8.5% of FSU undergraduates experienced an emotionally abusive intimate relationship.
  • 1.6% of FSU undergraduates experienced a sexually abusive intimate relationship.
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