Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention


FRIDAYS 11:00-12:00 PM
Student Center Environment Room (E132)

Our purpose is to provide a safe space for Mines students to meet and receive/offer peer support for drug and alcohol abuse.

Appropriate students to attend include those who are:
i. In recovery.
ii. Have a drug/alcohol addiction
iii. Are questioning if they have a drug/alcohol addiction.
iv. Have abused drugs or alcohol.
v. Desire to learn more to support a friend/peer/family member of concern.
This group is voluntary, anonymous, and student-led. Please join us.

2018-2019 Peer Student Contacts: Man (407.963.6735) Woman (818.207.5951)


Party-Smart & Hosting an Event with Alcohol
a. Serving Alcohol
All events at which students and alcohol are present must be properly approved by the Dean of Students prior to the event. This includes both on and off campus events as well as student events planned by faculty or staff members. Beer and wine are the only types of alcohol allowed at student events. Hard liquor is never permitted at student events. Use this form to submit your request to serve alcohol.

b. Drink Responsibly
Consuming alcohol is a huge responsibility, and we hope to give you the tools necessary to make the most responsible decision for yourself. we hope that Orediggers who choose to drink do so responsibly. Our goal is for you to treat drinking like the huge responsibility it is and approach it with the right attitude to make an informed decision every time you choose to consume. You can have a great time with your friends and consume alcohol in social settings without regretting your actions later. Here are some tips to help you approach alcohol responsibly and safely.
• HAVE A PLAN: know how much you are comfortable drinking before you go out, share it with your friends, and stick to it.
• DRINK ONE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE AN HOUR: an hour is the average time it takes a body to digest and process one alcoholic beverage. So socialize, mingle, etc… while you drink.
• BE MINDFUL ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DRINKING: Do you like the taste? How does it feel as you are consuming? How are you feeling? If you’re feeling pressured or like you have to drink to have a good time in any given situation, ask yourself why you’re drinking.
• DRINK WATER BETWEEN EACH ALCOHOLIC DRINK AND BEFORE YOU GO OUT: Drinking water will help you stay hydrated and keep you from drinking more than you want to. Drinking water will also help your body process the alcohol.
• EAT SOMETHING SUBSTANTIAL BEFORE YOU HAVE A DRINK: Drinking on an empty stomach is never a good idea and can cause your body to respond negatively to alcohol.
• USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM: If you go somewhere with friends, plan to leave with them. Know where they are throughout the night so you can each hold each other accountable as well as lookout for each other.
• KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DRINKING AND HOW MUCH. Avoid punches or any drink not made in front of you. Do your best to measure your portions and know how many servings you’re actually consuming. Two fingers is usually a good estimate of how much alcohol to put in a mixed drink, the rest should be mixer! Also know the serving sizes for beer and wine (12 oz for beer and 5 oz for wine).

Assessments and Screenings
Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a health or mental health professional. This tool is completely anonymous and confidential, and immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources. Screenings are educational, not diagnostic. More information and assessment can be found here Self-Assessment and On-line Tools

How to Assist an intoxicated Friend 
Friends Helping Friends How-to Guide

Drink Responsibly How-to Guide

Additional on resources:
Digger Drive
Mines Drug and Alcohol Resource Guide


Statistics and General Information (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
Link to some of the NCHA Data

Drug Free School and Communities Information (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

A.S.A.P. Committee

Emma Griffis, Student Wellness Promotion & Education

Taylor McRae, Student

Nicole Arnush, Student

Debra Roberge, Health Center

Lauren Jensen, Counseling Center

Mary Elliott, Residence Life

Kelsi Streich, SAIL

Alexis Lakers, Fraternity & Sorority Life

Carolyn Dennee, Athletics

Derek Morgan, Campus Life and Student Success


Colorado School of Mines is committed to maintaining an environment that supports and promotes healthy lifestyles including the academic and personal development of all members of the university community. Our goal is to, reduce high-risk drinking behaviors, substance abuse, and the misuse of prescription medication within the Mines student community.

The unlawful presence and irresponsible use of alcohol and other drugs impacts the health and development of the community as a whole and its individual members. The assist in that effort, Colorado School of Mines will provide consistent educational programming and resources to create an environment that champions the well-being of Mines’ students related to alcohol and other drugs. Through partnerships with the Golden community, faculty, staff and students, we will increase responsible decision-making and healthy choices within the student body.