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Alcohol and Other Drugs

Drinking alcohol itself is not necessarily a problem however drinking too much can cause a range of consequences and increase your risk for a variety of problems. 7 in 10 adults always drink at low risk levels or do not drink at all. 3 in 10 adults drink at levels that put them at risk for health problems, injuries or alcohol use disorder.

Low risk drinking for men is no more than 4 drinks on any day and no more than 14 drinks per week. For women the amounts are no more than 3 drinks per day and no more than 7 drinks per week. 

Drinking more than the single day or weekly amounts is considered “at risk” or “heavy” drinking. If use becomes severe it may lead to a diagnosis of “alcohol use disorder” or AUD.  7 % of adults in the United States had an AUD in 2012 and every problem drinker has a circle of people around them that are also negatively affected.

 After alcohol and tobacco, the most commonly abused drugs are marijuana and prescription pain medications.

Scientific research has discovered that repeated alcohol or other drug use changes the brain, including parts of the brain that give a person self-control. This leads to compulsive use and explains why quitting is so hard, even when there is a desire to do so. Despite this, there are effective treatments for alcohol and drug use disorders that help people stop using and resume productive lives.


 There are many choices available for treating alcohol and other drug problems which include:


Individual counseling/behavioral treatments

Approved  medications

Treatment of co-occurring disorders such as depression or anxiety

Mutual support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous

Intensive outpatient treatment

Residential or inpatient treatment




It is important that treatment be individualized and based on a clinical assessment. Experienced FEAP counselors will help determine the most effective help for each particular situation. Employees can call confidentially to access telephonic or face-to-face counseling. Family members affected by another’s drinking can also access FEAP and consultants are available day (or night, weekends and holidays for urgent assistance).

  For more information you may explore the links below or contact 434.243.2643 and ask for a free, confidential appointment with a FEAP consultant.


HOOs in Recovery (WiF)

Be apart of a confidential support network of recovering students, faculty, staff and alumni. All with an interest are welcome!

Weekly meeting Thursdays, 12:30-1:30pm with light lunch provided.

See more information at: https://gordiecenter.studenthealth.virginia.edu/recovery-support/





 Alcoholics Anonymous   http://www.aa.org/

Help Happens Here http://helphappenshere.org

Narcotics Anonymous   https://www.na.org/

Moderation Management http://www.moderation.org/

SMART Recovery             http://www.smartrecovery.org/

 Secular Organizations for Sobriety          http://www.sossobriety.org/

 r/StopDrinking                https://www.reddit.com/r/stopdrinking