University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 786
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Contact Us:
Phone 414-229-5008
Fax 414-229-2872

High-risk College Drinking, News and Research

Workshop Speakers

Bob Saltz, PhD, PIRE-Prevention Research Center, Paul Dupont, PhD, UWM, William DeJong, PhD, Boston University and Mary Larimer, PhD, University of Washington.


What Colleges Need to Know, An update on College Drinking Research

Rethinking Drinking Alcohol and Your Health

College Life Study, University of Maryland

UWM extensive biennial AODA report

How to recognize and respond to an emergency

UWM Housing Resident Handbook (with AODA rules and regulation)

American Life Radio Program: College Age Drinking Episode

UWM's Efforts to Address Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Use

Interventions That Target Individuals

This anonymous online alcohol assessment and personalized feedback tool is available to all members of the campus community. Click here for more information.

Alcohol and your College Experience (ACE):
Designed specifically for UWM students, the ACE Program offers education, cognitive-behavioral skills, norms clarification, and motivational enhancement to individuals who are at-risk for experiencing or causing issues related to their personal alcohol use. Participants may be self-referred, referred by University Police or other law enforcement agencies, or mandated to participate by University Housing or other University administrators. The program includes a group seminar/alcohol skills class, brief screening, and an individual feedback session. Email aceclass@uwm.edu for more information or Click here for more information.

Counseling Services:
Norris Health Center’s Counseling Department provides alcohol and other drug screening, assessment, and treatment. Call Norris Health Center at 414-229-4716 to schedule an appointment.

Programs That Target the Student Body, As a Whole

Incoming first year students are required to complete this interactive online education program prior to their arrival on campus; a follow-up component is administered to these students one month following the start of their first semester. The Alcohol-Wise program is intended “to change campus culture, educate college students about the harmful effects of alcohol, and acts as prevention for future alcohol related violations” (3rd Millennium Classrooms website, 2010). For more information, visit https://3rdmilclassrooms.com/Websitepages/CollegeAW.aspx.

Training Presentations for Student Leaders:
Training is provided to students serving or employed in leadership or mentoring positions – including Resident/Community Assistants, COAST Leaders, Campus Ambassadors, First Year Center Mentors, Peer Health Advocates, and students employed by various campus resource centers. These interactive sessions are designed to empower participants with information regarding alcohol and other drug-related issues on campus and strategies for helping their peers avoid the negative consequences of substance use. These presentations are available, by request, to classrooms, residence halls, and other interested student groups, as well. Click here for more information.

Distribution of Educational Materials:
Educational information related to alcohol and other drug use is disseminated year-round at campus-wide events, information tables, and bulletin boards, as well as within University Housing, COAST newsletters, and campus resource centers. This includes information regarding the effects and impact of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, as well as tips for safer alcohol consumption and information regarding how to access available resources for AODA professional assistance and/or self-help.

Campus-Wide Programming:
Union Programming, University Housing, the Neighborhood Housing Office, Norris Health Center, and other campus entities regularly sponsor large-scale programs that facilitate discussion regarding a variety of AODA-related issues. During the 2009-2010 academic year, these included Bernie McGrenahan’s Happy Hour Comedy Tour, Virtual House Party, How to Throw a House Party, and Safety Dance.

Social Marketing Campaign:
The Make Good Decisions “Where’s the Line?” campaign is a theory-based campus-wide social marketing campaign related to alcohol and other drug use. It is intended to reduce high risk substance use and its related consequences within the student community by creating awareness and promoting changes in students’ attitudes towards the use of alcohol and other drugs. The campaign is complemented by an informational website. Click here for more inforamtion.

Environmental-Level Strategies That Impact the Institution and the Surrounding Community

UWM AODA Task Force and The Vice Chancellor of Student Affair’s AODA Work Group:
These groups include representatives from a variety of campus entities, including Student Health, University Housing and the Neighborhood Housing Office, the Dean of Students Office, University Police, Union Programming, campus resource centers, advising offices, and the student body. They meet regularly to collaborate on programs related to alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and to share updates regarding pertinent issues and initiatives.

Engaging Parents and Other Family Members:
Information regarding alcohol and other drugs, as well as strategies for addressing these issues with students, are incorporated into orientation presentations and resource materials for UWM parents and other family members, including the UWM Family website. Click here for more inforamtion.

Safety Initiatives
These University safety initiatives are intended to mitigate the potential for harmful consequences associated with student substance use. These include:

Be On the Safe Side (BOSS):
BOSS is a safe ride program that offers evening and late night transportation seven days a week. This UWM service likely deters students from driving under the influence of alcohol and may also decrease crime and incidence of assault.

SAFE Walkers:
Sponsored by the University Police, the SAFE Walker program aims to decrease crime and victimization in the neighborhoods surrounding the UWM campus. Pairs of trained students patrol the neighborhoods surrounding UWM on Thursdays through Sundays during the evening and early morning hours.