Alcohol and Other Drugs
Hudson Valley Community College is committed to maintaining an environment
that fosters academic success and personal well-being for all students.
The abuse of alcohol or other drugs has potential legal consequences and
interferes with the college's goal of fostering a safe learning environment.
There also are health risks and personal costs for students, ranging from
poor academic performance to death.
With that in mind, Hudson Valley has created a Decisions brochure, which
highlights some important facts regarding substance abuse.
Appendix 3 and 4 of the Complying with
Regulations publication of the
Higher Education Center
for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, funded
by the U.S. Department of Education, lists the Federal Penalties
and Sanctions for Illegal Trafficking and Possession of a Controlled
and the Health Risks Associated with the Use of Illicit Drugs and
Studies done on college campuses across the country (including Hudson
Valley) show that students who drink excessively or use recreational drugs
often experience problems ranging from arguing and fighting to trouble
with police and DWI/DUI. Excessive alcohol and drug use can also lead
to injury, an inability to stop using, sexual assault and urges to commit
A 1999 study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that
44 percent of college students are binge drinkers. This means that roughly
two of every five students will drink too much in one sitting. It also
means that three of five students do not drink to excess and may resent
having their lives impacted by students who drink too much.
In fact, 60 percent of Hudson Valley's students disapprove when their
friends have more than five drinks in one sitting.
While many college students say they have access to nearly any drug,
research shows that fewer students use drugs today than in the past. Sixty-three
percent of Hudson Valley's students prefer not to have illicit drugs present
at parties. Today's college students are aware that illegally produced
drugs are extremely dangerous because of an inconsistency in their potency
There are certain high-risk factors and situations that college students
should know about. For instance, individuals from families with addictions
or multiple conflicts are at a risk to develop problems because of drug
and/or alcohol use. Individuals under the influence of alcohol or drugs
are also at a risk of injury if they drive automobiles or boats, use machinery
or even climb stairs.
For general information about alcohol, visit www.factsontap.org/. For information regarding children of alcoholics, visit www.coaf.org. For general information on drugs, visit www.drughelp.org.
If you or someone you care about would like more information about alcohol,
drugs or risk factors, visit the Wellness Center, call
(518) 629-7468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All visits and conversations are confidential.