Drug and Alcohol Prevention
Alcohol Electronic CHECKUP TO GO
Most Northeast State students will not experience any harm from their alcohol use, either because they consume alcohol moderately and take steps to protect themselves from harm or they do not drink at all. However, because alcohol abuse is correlated with many of the most serious personal traumas, disappointments, and failures students experience at college, it is critical for your success and the health and vitality of our entire campus that every student is able to thoughtfully monitor drinking patterns, identify significant risk factors, and be familiar with the resources and help available on campus and in the community. Using the e-CHUG is an important first step in that process.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Statistics:
- Each year an estimated 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes.
- Each year an estimated 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol.
- Each year an estimated 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
- Each year an estimated 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
Want feedback on your use of alcohol? Complete the e-CHUG and see where you stand!
What is the e-CHUG?
The e-CHUG (electronic CHECKUP TO GO) is an interactive web survey that allows college and university students to enter information about their drinking patterns, receive individualized feedback about their use of alcohol, and identify their risk of harm associated with that use. The e-CHUG was developed by San Diego State University and is currently used by over 400 colleges and universities. The assessment takes about 6-7 minutes to complete, is self-guided, and requires no face-to-face contact time with a counselor or administrator. The tool is free to Northeast State students.
What does it do?
When you access the e-CHUG, you are prompted to enter information about yourself. In addition to demographic information, it will ask you to enter information about your drinking habits, family history of alcohol use and perceptio of alcohol use by your peers. After all information has been entered, you submit the form. The information you entered is then validated and processed. The e-CHUG calculates a number of variables and compares your responses to national and local college norms. Then, your personalized feedback is displayed in an easy-to-read, printable format with links to additional information to better understand your feedback.
What do I need to use the e-CHUG?
- A computer
- Internet access
- About 6-7 minutes
- A printer (to print the feedback)
How will the results be used?
The e-Chug is a confidential, self-assessment tool to promote individual awareness and increase personal knowledge. The results of your assessment are for your use only.
How is this valuable to non-drinkers and low risk drinkers?
Most students on the Northeast State campus either do not drink or drink very infrequently; however, most students will at some point know someone (a classmate, friend, family member) who drinks at levels that causes them concern. The e-CHUG will provide some basic knowledge about alcohol and help all students identify risk factors and patterns that lead to dangerous and destructive drinking. The e-CHUG also provides a list of campus and community resources that can help individuals who may have an alcohol and/or drug problem. This is information that can strengthen your ability to help your friends when they need help and make this campus a safe and fun place in which to learn.
A Note of Thanks
Taking good care of yourself and helping your friends are actions that make the Northeast State campus community a good place to pursue your goals. Thank you for completing this program.
Health Services staff are available to meet and discuss whatever concerns you may have regarding alcohol, drug, and/or tobacco use. This could involve evaluating your own use, discussing concerns over a friend or loved one's use, or putting a plan together to feel more in control.
We're ready to help. Call us at 423.323.0212.