Drugs and Alcohol

You have probably heard a lot about drinking and drug use on college campuses. Fortunately, most Northwestern students tend to drink in moderation or not at all, and even fewer use illegal drugs. At the same time, abuse of alcohol and other drugs causes or contributes to significant harm for a subset of students and those around them. These problems include alcohol poisoning, poor academic performance, accidents, and sexual assaults.

Even though students are young adults, parents can play an important role in helping their children make good decisions in relation to alcohol and other drugs. To help your son or daughter avoid legal, health, or academic problems, we encourage you to talk with him or her about your expectations and the risks associated with drinking and drug use. Although you may have had such conversations in the past, it is helpful to have an ongoing dialogue rather than a one-time talk.

CAPS staff provide leadership in the university efforts to reduce high-risk and illegal drinking, and the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs. We also offer services to students who may be struggling with an alcohol or other drug problem. If you are concerned about your son or daughter’s drinking or drug use, please contact us for advice