Alcohol and Other Drug Safety and Awareness

It’s up to you to decide whether you want to use alcohol and other drugs — and if so, we’re here to help you and your friends reduce risk.

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Most UB Students Make Responsible Choices

You might think that most college students use alcohol and other drugs in a high-risk way. But the reality is that most college students — including most students at UB — make responsible choices.

Alternative Activities

We know that many students don’t use alcohol or drugs at UB. Here, you’ll find a full schedule of events where you can have a great time, be safe and meet other students who want to have fun.

Most UB students drink 0-4 drinks per sitting.

COVID-19 and Substance Use

If you are feeling unwell, avoid alcohol, cannabis, tobacco or vaping products. 

Cannabis and Nicotine Alcohol

Both smoking and vaping substances (including cannabis and tobacco/nicotine) can make you more susceptible to viral infections such as COVID-19, as well as put you at higher risk for more severe symptoms. 

If you currently smoke or vape any substances, stopping or reducing use (temporarily or permanently) is strongly advised.

For help reducing nicotine use (smoking or vaping), Health Promotion offers a Quit Smoking/Vaping Drop-In Clinic.

For help reducing cannabis use, appointments can be scheduled with a Harm Reduction Specialist from Health Promotion by calling 716-645-2837 ext. 5.

If choosing to use:

  • Do not share cigarettes, joints, bongs, vaping devices, etc. 
  • If using inhaled substances, use away from children and anyone who may be high risk or unwell.
  • Remember that it can take up to two hours to feel the effects of edible cannabis products, and be careful not to overconsume. (Edibles cause a disproportionate number of cannabis related hospital visits due to overconsumption).
  • Do not drive after using cannabis. Wait at least six hours if smoking or vaping, and even longer if ingesting cannabis products.

Party Smart Tips

Know your limits and set them ahead of time:

  • Keep track of your drinks and pace them to one per hour
  • Avoid mysterious drinks with unknown alcohol content (e.g., “Jungle Juice”)
  • Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Eat before and during drinking
  • Avoid drinking games, shots and chugging
  • Do not mix alcohol with energy drinks
  • Choose a drink with lower alcohol content
  • Use the buddy system to make sure everyone has fun and gets home safely

Stay In Control and Help Your Friends

If you’re at a party and see a friend who’s too drunk or incapacitated to make good decisions, step in and help them. You may be the one person who can prevent alcohol poisoning or even a sexual assault. If you need help — or you want someone else to intervene — consider getting a Resident Advisor, or calling University Police at 716-645-2222 (on campus) or 911 (off campus).

Don’t Want to Drink?

If you’re at a party, just fill your cup with soda or water. Chances are, nobody will know — or care — what’s in your cup.

What Women Should Know About Drinking

Women’s bodies typically cannot process alcohol as quickly as men’s bodies for a variety of biological reasons, including differences in weight, hormones and enzymes. Regardless of your gender, it’s important to keep this in mind before you start drinking.

How Long Does It Take To Sober Up?

Did you know it can take up to 12 hours to sober up after a night of drinking? That means if you’re out partying at night, you could still be drunk or buzzed when you go to class the next day.

Know the Rules

If you violate the rules regarding the possession or consumption of alcohol, you may face university disciplinary action or even criminal arrest. Violations may also result in a referral to UB SAFER, an educational intervention program. Remember — the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows UB to notify parents if a student is involved in an alcohol- or other drug-related incident.

If you live in the residence halls or on-campus apartments, there may be additional regulations regarding the consumption and possession of alcohol and other drugs.

Need Help?

Preventative health and wellness education

Health Promotion

Student Life

University at Buffalo
114 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2837; Fax: (716) 645-6234

Primary, non-emergency medical care

Health Services

Student Life

University at Buffalo
Michael Hall, 3435 Main Street, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3316; Fax: (716) 829-2564

Short-term on campus mental health support

University at Buffalo
120 Richmond Quadrangle, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14261

Phone: (716) 645-2720; Fax: (716) 645-2175

Student conduct rules and regulations, and campus-wide student support

University at Buffalo
9 Norton Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-6154; Fax: (716) 645-3376

Additional Resources