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.
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.
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.
If you are feeling unwell, avoid alcohol, cannabis, tobacco or vaping products.
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:
Know your limits and set them ahead of time:
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 829-3316; Fax: (716) 829-2564
UB's Health Services is unable to provide information about the NY State Department of Health’s COVID vaccination clinics being held at Harriman Hall on UB’s South Campus. For information about these clinics, including eligibility and to make an appointment, please call the NYS Health Department’s COVID vaccine hotline phone number: 1-833-697-4829 (1-833-NYS-4-VAX) or refer to their website.
Short-term on campus mental health support
Student conduct rules and regulations, and campus-wide student support
In the event of a medical emergency, you will not face disciplinary consequences for drinking or using other drugs — and neither will the person you’re helping — just because you’re calling for help. Read about this policy.
There are many myths about the safety and impact of using marijuana. Many students think that marijuana, or “weed,” is a safe alternative to alcohol or tobacco. But marijuana can have a negative impact on your body, your health and your academic success.