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Resources and Education on Alcohol Usage

The Wellness Center is a judgment-free zone that offers resources for students who would like to explore their relationships with substance usage, learn about harm-reduction approaches to substance usage, or receive support in their recovery from substance abuse.

Substance Use Consults

Schedule a Substance Use Consult with the Assistant Director for Recovery and Substance Use Programs, Jason Muñoz. Substance Use Consults are private, judgment-free, and supportive conversations where students can speak candidly about their substance usage. Conversations can be a safe space for students to share their experiences, a space for students to learn strategies for harm reduction, or a place for students seeking recovery to receive support. If students are interested in additional support, follow-ups can include additional meetings or connection with internal or external resources.


What is moderate drinking?

According to the CDC and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate drinking is defined as no more than 1 drink per day for women (not to exceed 7 drinks in a week) and no more than 2 drinks per day for men (1 drink per hour and not to exceed 14 drinks in a week).

  • It takes about one hour for one standard drink to metabolize in your system, depending on your assigned gender at birth and weight

Drinking in moderation provides the lowest risk of adverse health effects, but the only way to avoid the health risks associated with alcohol consumption entirely is not to drink

What is excessive or risky drinking?

Excessive or risky drinking includes binge drinking, heavy drinking, any drinking by people younger than age 21, and anyone who is currently taking prescription or over-the-counter medications. 

  • Binge drinking, the most common form of drinking, is defined as consuming
    • For women, 4 or more drinks during a single occasion 
    • For men, 5 or more drinks during a single occasion
  • Heavy drinking is defined as consuming
    • For women, 8 or more drinks per week
    • For men, 15 or more drinks per week

Why are some of the risks of heavy drinking?

Excessive alcohol consumption is responsible for an average of 79,000 deaths in the United States each year. Approximately, 1,825 of them are college students. More than half of all these deaths are due to binge drinking. Excessive drinking is also associated with physical injuries to self and others, as well as the development of chronic health conditions.

Who can I talk to on campus about my drinking or drug usage? 

  • Request a private Substance Use Consult with the Assistant Director for Recovery and Substance Use, Jason Muñoz
  • Schedule a phone consultation with CAPS (408) 554-4501
  • For 24/7 after-hours support, call (408) 554-5220


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