Alcohol Use &Abuse
ST. JOHN FISHER COLLEGE RESIDENTIAL LIFE
By: Ellen Laskowski & Alanah DiTucci
V O L U M E
SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST:
National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD) referral. This is just another outside service that the college provides access to for the benefit of the residents.
Where can you go to help?
St. John Fisher College Wellness Center
This provided people prevention services through education, support, resources, advocacy, and
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Brittany Broderick is the Alcohol and other drug prevention specialist on campus. She is on campus and is always able and willing to answer any questions residents or RA’s may have about drinking and what they can do to reduce the amount that they drink. 
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Catholic Family Center
The Catholic Family centers primary focus is on substance abuse treatment. For them it is important to get the person back on them the right track, gaining the things that matter most in life back.
Relevant Statistics & Interesting Facts
Web-Resources for Residents Residents are more likely to go look online for help because of the society that we live in today.
http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/- This website is one that is really helpful because it tailors the facts to the college age students
http://www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/- This website offers an easy way to get information. The site is very easy to use and provides a lot of good and useful information.
http://www.factsontap.org/factsontap/students.htm– This website gives you the facts and how it affects all aspects of your life not just your education.
College Students are at the age where the habits that they start in college will carry with them for the rest of their lives. 
Challenges that residential students may face There are many different challenges that residential students may face when dealing with the issue of alcohol use and abuse. A major problems that both freshman and upperclassman residential students may face when drinking alcohol are the negative consequences. When residents start getting into the party and going out scene, it becomes a habit for them and they feel as though they have to do it every weekend. This can become extremely costly, especially if the student is not working. Another issue is how it will affect their academics.  About 25 percent of college students report having academic consequences of their drinking including, missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall. A major difference between freshman residential areas and upperclassman residential areas in the peer pressure that comes along with drinking. In freshman areas freshman will feel the need to fit in and make friends when they arrive at school. This will put students in a bad situation especially if they have never drank before. In comparison, with upperclassman students they experience something different. Upperclassman students will continue to test their limits and may not know when to stop. This can cause serious health problems.
The first thing in the human personality that dissolves in alcohol is dignity. ~Author Unknown
Where can you go to get help? Since alcohol is so prevalent in residential life it is important that not only the resident assistants know what to do but the residents as well. It is important for them to know where to go get help if they need it. First and foremost the RAâ€™s will always be willing to help a resident get the help that they need in order to succeed. On the St. John Fisher College campus the wellness center is one of the greatest resources that we have. They have a lot of staff members who have training in different areas to help the mass number of students possible. Another resource on campus is security. They are there 24/7 to get the help you need, also if you just need someone that will listen they are great for that as well.  If you feel that campus does not have what you are looking for the local Rochester community has you need. There is also a lot of good websites that you can find that will give some good pointers and hints.
Facts About Alcohol Use &Abuse
Women absorb alcohol into the bloodstream faster and metabolize it slower than men.
Women who drink regularly are at significantly greater risk for liver damage than men even if they drink less or drink for a shorter period of time.
Alcohol consumption by college students is linked to at least 1,400 student deaths and 500,000 unintentional injuries each year. 
Alcohol or other drugs was a factor with 75% of the men and 55% of the women in reported acquaintance rapes on college campuses.
Approximately 5% of college students report experiencing poor mental health and this coincides with a high risk for alcohol abuse. 
Alcohol goes directly to the bloodstream, which is why it effects every system in the body.
Vomiting is part of the automatic defense system of the body activated to prevent more alcohol from being absorbed.
About 20 percent of adults had 5 or more drinks per day at least once in the past year.
One 12-oz. beer, one 5-oz. glass of wine and one 1.5 oz. shot of liquor have the same amount of alcohol.
On average, college students may drink on fewer occasions than their noncollegiate peers, but they drink heavily on a more frequent basis than nonstudents. 
College athletes tend to drink more than peers who are not involved with campus-based sports. 
In terms of size, students at smaller colleges tend to drink more than students at larger schools. 
The number of college students who do not drink has increased to approximately 20%.
Approximately one in three 18-to-24-year-olds admitted to emergency rooms for serious injuries is intoxicated. 
About one-half of all fatal traffic crashes among those aged 18 to 24 involve alcohol.
The perception that alcohol use is socially acceptable correlates with the fact that more than 80% of American youth consume alcohol before their 21st birthday. 
In a recent study, 31% of students met criteria for a diagnosis of alcohol abuse and 6% for alcohol dependence in the past 12 months. 
30% of students who drank in the past year said they had driven after drinking alcohol during the past 30 days. 
All Facts taken from: "Drinking Facts." Home. 2008. Web. 04 Dec. 2011. <http:// www.brad21.org/facts.html>.
Relevance of the topic
Challenges that residential assistances may face As RAs there are many challenges that can arise when dealing with alcohol use and abuse. In order to make these challenges easier it is important to remember the three Fâ€™s; fair, firm, and friendly. As RAâ€™s if we get too friendly with our residents the boundaries may become fuzzy. We need to be firm when it comes to policies, especially when it comes to alcohol. Another challenge that can come up is becoming too overwhelmed with an alcohol incident and lose your cool. This can happen when residents becomes rude, and noncompliant. Also RAâ€™s can lose their cool when there is a large group of residents that are drinking and begin to cause a disturbance. Another challenge we may face dealing with alcohol is how to confront the issues. We have to follow strict protocol and it is important that we do that. In some cases so many problems and issues may come up when confronting an incident that we forget all the steps and important processes that we need to follow. It necessary that we try our best to follow the right steps in order to take care of the incident to the best of our ability.
In all of the residence halls alcohol plays a key role in how the residential community is looked at as a whole. Freshman area buildings are not the only residential areas that face alcohol related issues. Upperclassman residential areas deal with alcohol related problems as well. Since alcohol issues are present in all residential areas this is an important topic to be familiar with.
Resources  "College Drinking: A Snapshot of Annual High-Risk College Drinking Consequences." Research about Alcohol and College Drinking Prevention. 01 July 2010. Web. 01 Dec. 2011. <http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/ statssummaries/snapshot.aspx>.  "Drinking Facts." Home. 2008. Web. 04 Dec. 2011. <http://www.brad21.org/facts.html>.  "Alcohol & Other Drug Services - St. John Fisher College." Home - St. John Fisher College. Web. 04 Dec. 2011. <http://www.sjfc.edu/campus-services/wellness/alcohol/>.
Ellen Laskowski Alanah DiTucci Case Study
RA Matt is on his first night of duty, and he is about to confront a major alcohol incident. Matt feels very comfortable being on duty because he just finished up with a week and a half of rigorous RA training. He is on his last round on Friday night and it’s about 2:00am. While on his last round he is checking to make sure there is no maintenance concerns, quiet hours are not being violated, the swipe card machines are functioning, the doors are shut properly, and that the emergency phones are working. As Matt is walking through the fourth floor he begins to hear music playing. Since it is after quiet hours he heads down the hallway to find out what is going on. While he was on his way down the hall to check on the situation the music is getting louder and louder, and he hears some yell “grab another cold one for me”. This is an immediate sign for RA Matt to check and see what’s going on, he lets out a big “oh man” and begins to knock on the residents door. “Boom, boom, boom”. No one answers the door. RA Matt knocks again but louder, “BOOM, BOOM, BOOM”. Matt hears one of the residents saying “hurry up, put it way, the RA is at the door”. One of the residents opens the door and Matt now sees at least 7 people in the room. He notices beer cans through the room and the resident do not appear to be sober. What are some of the red flags that RA Matt saw? What are some of the things Matt could be doing as he was waiting in the hallway for the residents to open the door? What are some of the violations besides alcohol that Matt needs to document? What are the necessary steps that Matt needs to follow to take care of the alcohol?