Alcohol & Other Drugs

As a student at Brown, your life extends beyond the classroom.  Learning to make healthy decisions, including whether or not to use substances like alcohol, caffeine, tobacco and marijuana is just one of the challenges you may face.  These pages contain extensive information on many types of drugs and provide specific facts about each drug.  There is also information on how to help a friend, resources at Brown and in Providence, and links to learn more.

These pages are written with the following principles in mind:

There are risks involved with any substance use, including alcohol.
Most people who choose to use substances realize there are health risks involved, but they often don't know what all of those risks are.  

You can make safer choices with more accurate information.
If you choose to use drugs or alcohol, you can make safer choices.  The information provided on this site can help with that decision-making process.

Respect the rights of people who do not use alcohol or drugs.
Many students on campus do not drink alcohol or use other drugs.  People abstain for many reasons, including religious beliefs, personal experiences, family history and legal consequences. 

Get help.
Take care of each other.  If someone is seriously intoxicated, call EMS at 401.863-4111.  Don't take a chance with someone's life.  On these pages you can find resources on campus and in Providence if you or your friends have concerns about substance use.

If you are wondering if you should call EMS, then you should call EMS. 

For more information about Brown EMS follow this link.

If you need emergency medical help call 401.863-4111. 

If you are concerned about a friend's drinking, go to how to help a friend.

If you are concerned about yourself, read the following statements and keep track of how many times they apply to you.

Drinking Patterns

  • It is difficult for you to stop drinking after you've had one or two drinks.

  • When you drink, you always wind up drunk.

Understanding what alcohol does to your body and the risks associated with alcohol use can help you in many ways:

  • If you choose to drink, you can make safer decisions about drinking.

  • You can make a more informed decision about whether or not to drink.

  • You can recognize the warning signs of dangerous intoxication and call EMS for a friend.

  • You can reduce the risks associated with high risk alcohol use, including injury.

Concerned about yourself or a friend?

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  • 401.863-2794
    Health Promotion
  • 401.863-3953
    Health Services
  • 401.863-6000
    Sexual Assault Response Line
  • 401.863-4111
  • 401.863-3476
    Counseling & Psychological Services
  • 401.863-4111
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