Alcohol & Other Drugs


The Wellbeing Center uses several approaches to address the misuse of alcohol and other drugs. Beyond health promotion programs, we collaborate on strategies to change the campus environment in which students make decisions about using alcohol and other drugs. Priorities include:

  1. Student Assistance. We ensure that students obtain accurate information about responsible alcohol use through social norms marketing. We also assist students with building skills to reduce high-risk alcohol and drug use.
  2. Assessment and Evaluation. Assessment and evaluation help us define the problem and determine how successful current approaches are at decreasing alcohol and drug abuse.
  3. Policy Review. Policy review ensures that Gustavus has clear and appropriate guidelines for alcohol use on campus that are widely disseminated and consistently enforced.
  4. Environmental Management. Through the Chemical Health Working Group, we engage with various departments to create a campus environment that emphasizes responsible choices related to chemical health. Policy review, faculty and administration involvement, and other related activities all contribute to these efforts.
  5. Recovery. Gustavus serves students in active recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. Our substance use educator delivers services that support students to have an authentic college experience while maintaining recovery.


CHOICES (see “presentations” too)
CHOICES is 90 minute educational workshop facilitated by the Peer Assistants. The class includes a pre and post test, social norming, scenarios and discussion. Participants learn information to help determine choices, decisions, and options they have regarding drinking in the future.

Under the Influence (E-chug)
The e-CHUG (electronic Check-Up to Go) is an interactive web survey that allows college and university students to enter information about their drinking patterns and receive feedback about their use of alcohol. The assessment takes about 10 minutes to complete, is self-guided, and requires no face-to-face contact time with a counselor or administrator.

Marijuana 101 (E-toke)
The e-TOKE (electronic THC Online Knowledge Experience) is an interactive web survey that is a brief marijuana-specific assessment and feedback tool. It provides students at colleges and universities insight into marijuana use using personalized information about their behaviors and risk factors. The assessment takes about 10 minutes and is self-guided making it quick, confidential, and flexible to the student's free time and location.

Alternatives Workshops
A peer group-based curriculum with accompanying workbook that meets for a total of four or ten hours, depending on sanction. The first goal is to help each participant reduce risk for any type of alcohol or drug problem. The second goal focuses on self-assessment to help people understand and accept the need to make changes to protect the things most valuable in their lives.

Campus Clarity – Think About It
Think About It: Part I provides students with a comprehensive foundation in four areas, sex in college, partying smart, sexual violence, and healthy relationships. This course prepares students before they begin their life in college.

Think About It: Part II follows up with students early in their college life to track how their attitudes and behaviors have shifted. It reinforces critical lessons from Think About It: Part I about intervening in high-risk situations.

Mentor Program
During a six-week period students are asked to develop academic, co-curricular, and personal goals with the support of a mentor. Students select a mentor from a list of College employees who volunteer with this program. They meet a minimum of four times during the six weeks, creating an action plan based on the student’s goals.

Gustavus Tobacco-Free Initiative
Gustavus has not yet adopted a tobacco-free policy that supports a healthy environment for all members of the Gustavus community. This policy would prohibit the use of all types of tobacco products in all college buildings and on all college-owned properties, including parking lots, garages, and all outside areas.


Alcohol and Chemical Education for Students is 90 minute educational workshop facilitated by the Peer Assistants. The class includes a pre- and post-test, social norming, scenarios and discussion. Participants learn information to help determine choices, decisions, and options they have regarding drinking in the future.

Be A Buddy
This program is aimed at keeping students safe. This interactive workshop helps students develop a sense of what it means to be a buddy on this campus through investigation of the Gustavus culture. “Be a Buddy” not only addresses KNOWING what is going on here but also promotes ways to take ACTION. Join the PAs for brainstorming and great conversation.

Girls Night Out
This Peer Assistant presentation is about being a buddy for each other, making smart decisions about which actions to take to avoid dangerous situations, understanding limits and following limits, and planning ahead for designated drivers. This workshop involves alcohol education, reflection on past experiences, and how to look out and help friends.

Life of a Gustie Athlete
During college you will be faced with a variety of situations and that will require you to make CHOICES. This session will talk about one CHOICE you have about alcohol. Coming to a new place, making friends and fitting in, and the decisions you make regarding alcohol are part of college life. This session is set up as a panel to give you S.A.V.E.’s perspectives regarding alcohol.


  • Megan Ruble, Assistant Dean of Students
  • TBD, Substance Use Educator
  • Kari Eckheart, Assistant Athletic Director, Chemical Health Working Group Chair, S.A.V.E. Advisor

Student Educators:

Student Athlete Volunteer Educators (S.A.V.E.)
Student Athlete Volunteer Educators (SAVE) is a group of Gustie athletes who are devoted to educating their fellow athletes on healthy lifestyle choices.

Wellbeing Peer Assistants (PAs)
The Peer Assistants use peer health promotion to engage, inform, and inspire the Gustavus community to embrace a culture of wellbeing.



Club Drugs


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Substance Abuse