Negative consequences of alcohol and other drug use can mean different things to different people.
The question is: What unanticipated negative effects are you or those around you experiencing as a result of your alcohol and/or other drug use? Common negative consequences experienced by college students include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Being late for class or missing class as a result of being hungover.
- Getting sick or vomiting from too much drinking or drug use.
- Being hurt or injured as a result of being too intoxicated or high.
- Being hospitalized for alcohol and/or other drug use.
- Blacking out or browning out.
- Getting into verbal arguments or fights that you would not have participated in if you were sober.
- Getting into physical fights due to alcohol or other drug use.
- Damaging property while under the influence.
- Having unprotected sex while under the influence.
- Finding yourself in threatening or unsafe situations as a result of poor judgement while under the influence.
Any Penn student struggling with the negative consequences of alcohol or other drug use can set up an appointment to talk with a counselor in the Office of Alcohol and Other Drugs. At First Step
, students have the opportunity to talk openly and safely about the challenges involved, as well as the opportunity to develop a real-life action plan.