Alcohol and Other Drugs Risk Reduction

The goal of our alcohol and other drugs risk-reduction program is to provide comprehensive programming and resources for the prevention and reduction of alcohol and drug-related harms. We do this by utilizing evidence-based approaches that focus on environmental strategies and high-risk behavior. For more information, call (269) 387-3263.

How to be safe and responsible

graphic of solo cup measurementWhat to know

  • Do the math:
    one drink = 12 oz. beer
    one drink = 4 to 5 oz. of wine
    one drink = 1 oz. of hard alcohol
  • High Risk drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks on one occasion
  • Our body metabolizes approximately one alcoholic drink per hour—there is no way of speeding it up


  • Do the math: 1-3 hours for full effect, 4-6 hour duration depending on THC level
  • Edibles are highly potent and can have a greater risk for negative effects 
  • Use slowly and in a safe environment                                                                                                          

Making safe choices

  • Drink no more than one drink per hour
  • Follow dosage levels on Cannabis labels for edibles
  • If you are going somewhere, make sure to have a designated driver
  • Try not to drink or use when you are having emotional distress—do something else: exercise, call a friend, read a book or find a way to relax

Plan ahead

  • Eat before you drink anything
  • Ask a friend to keep an eye on you
  • Set a limit 
  • Prepare your refusal strategies


Become a R.A.D. Peer Educator

The program works to educate individuals about alcohol and other drugs through presentations and a variety of campus events. R.A.D. peer educators provide their peers with the information and skills needed to help them make healthy choices regarding alcohol and other drugs. Training and serving as a peer educator is a rewarding experience—personally, professionally, and academically.


  • Develop the ability to effectively present both complex and sensitive information to small and large audiences
  • Develop the ability to facilitate group discussions on difficult topics
  • Grow in self-confidence and poise
  • Build your resume for graduate school and employment
  • Receive formal documents for your portfolio
  • Earn letters of recommendation
  • Earn academic credit
  • Fulfill an internship or field experience requirement in your major
  • Become knowledgeable about important health issues
  • Make connections on campus: meet faculty and staff
  • Make new friends: be part of a team that works closely together
  • Make a difference: do meaningful work


If you are interested in becoming a Resources for Alcohol and Drugs peer educator please fill out the application here. 

  • Applicants who meet minimum requirements will be contacted and a 30-minute interview will be scheduled

If you have specific questions please call or email:

Nicole Allen
Coordinator, Alcohol and Other Drugs Risk Reduction 
Health Promotion and Education
Phone: (269) 387-3302