Alcohol and Other Drugs
Our programs work to reduce harmful consequences of alcohol and other drug use, in order to support students in achieving their personal and academic potential. Here you can learn about alcohol and other drug-related health concerns, educational initiatives, and environmental strategies.
CHEW’s PEEPs Peer Health Educators have many fun and interactive health programs available for your enjoyment! These trained health educators will provide you or your group with an educational and entertaining program sure to be fun and memorable! Explore our various healthy options and choose your favorite. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Just contact us and we can work to create an entirely new program based on your needs.
Our infamous “Beer Goggles” can be used for a variety of games, obstacle courses, and other activities. Whether it’s playing basketball, navigating a course, or just as simple as walking a straight line, these goggles demonstrate how alcohol can impair vision and coordination.
Using the template for the show “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader”, this program matches students head-to-head against RAs and is perfect for your next floor program. Ten different question categories test residents’ knowledge of alcohol use to see if they can show that they are smarter than an RA!
This program focuses on the abuse of the prescription drugs Adderall and Ritalin for academic performance enhancement. Dangers, penalties, and myth busting are discussed along with interesting quizzes and scenarios. Additional street and club drugs are also discussed.
Based on the hit TV show, three different versions of Jeopardy are available for your use and enjoyment. Choose between Alcohol, Drugs, or Tobacco Jeopardy and compete in team challenges to see who can answer the most trivia questions for the most points!
Our newest addition to AOD, this program focuses on the misconceptions students may have about hookah, caffeine, drug interactions, and Adderall use. Participants interact to guess whether each ‘fact’ is confirmed, plausible, or myth-busted!
Stop@Buzzed is our most requested program through CHEW. This interactive program uses fun video clips, quizzes, and pictures to demonstrate the importance of responsible drinking. Students that choose to drink will learn ways to still experience the positive euphoric effects of alcohol, while avoiding the negative consequences of binge drinking by stopping at buzzed!
To request a program, complete program request form.
Brief Alcohol Screening Intervention for College Students (BASICS)
What is BASICS?
BASICS is a two-session alcohol screening and discussion offered free to all Homewood Johns Hopkins students who want to explore their alcohol use. Note that you need to meet with the same facilitator for both sessions. Some students attend BASICS to fulfill a requirement as a result of an alcohol-related offense, while others participate because they would like to learn moderation strategies to reduce negative consequences. We also see students who are thinking about whether they are better off moderating or abstaining. This program is designed to assist students in examining their own drinking behavior in a judgment-free environment. The goals are selected by the student and aimed at reducing risky behaviors and harmful consequences of drinking.
Who are the facilitators?
BASICS facilitators are professional staff and graduate-level interns. The program is managed through the Center for Health Education and Wellness.
What should students expect?
BASICS consists of two sessions (with the same facilitator), two to four weeks apart, which last 45-60 minutes. All sessions are one-on-one between the student and a trained BASICS facilitator.
- Session 1 assesses the student’s alcohol consumption patterns, history and related issues
- Session 2 provides personalized feedback based on screenings and discuss ways the student might reduce future health, social and legal risks
If you are required to complete BASICS due to a university violation or a court requirement, it is important that you contact BASICS in a timely manner. You will receive a deadline for completing both sessions. Remember, sessions occur two to four weeks apart so please plan accordingly.
Confidentiality: All information within the BASICS session is kept confidential between the student and the facilitator. However, if the student indicates that s/he may harm him/herself or others, or talks about an event reportable to The Clery Act, information may be disclosed as appropriate. The only information shared with the referral source is whether the student completed the program by the assigned date.
To schedule a BASICS appointment, please complete a BASICS appointment request form.
Sober Party Monitor Training
Sober Party Monitor Training was developed and is coordinated through CHEW as a way to help reduce risk at parties. Student leaders requested that this be a requirement for any student organization hosting off campus parties with alcohol. Sober Party Monitor Training sessions are a chance for students to talk with other student leaders and learn skills regarding:
- The goals of hosting events with alcohol
- The roles and responsibilities of the Sober Party Monitor
- The risks associated with alcohol and other drug use
- How to promote safe social behaviors
- Resources and support for your group
- How to address potentially dangerous and questionable behavior among your guests, including overconsumption of alcohol and situations potentially involving sexual assault and safe ways to intervene
We ask that students who wish to become certified Sober Party Monitors sign up one to two weeks or more in advance of their planned event (when possible), as trainings fill up quickly and you are not guaranteed a spot in a session even if your event is close to the training date. Members of the same organization do not have to sign up for the same session but there can be no more than five members of your group per session unless space permits. Each session has a limit of 35 participants.
Please note that first-year students are not allowed to attend the training or serve as Sober Party Monitors.
You only need to complete one training each calendar year. Registration is required. Registration will close once capacity is reached after which you will be placed on a waiting list or asked to select another session. Also, if there are less than five people signed up we reserve the right to cancel that session.
Once you have registered, please plan to arrive at the training on time. If you arrive after the training starts, you will have to attend another session in order to be certified and receive your t-shirt.
Johns Hopkins students have access to multiple resources on alcohol and other drugs.
Students have access to Alcohol e-CHECKUP TO GO, an online, personalized, brief screening tool for alcohol use.
Campaigns and Print Materials for Alcohol and Other Drugs
Learn about campus-wide media campaigns and resources that identify misperceptions about alcohol and other drug behaviors of Johns Hopkins students. The goal of these campaigns and resources is to help students minimize negative consequences and enhance their college experience by making informed decisions.
- Stay in the Blue Zone: Staying in the Blue Zone can help you get what you want while avoiding the stuff you don’t want
- Blood Alcohol Concentration PDF Document: wallet cards
Laws and Policies
- Choose to be safe and legal! Learn JHU’s laws, policies and ordinances involving alcohol and other drugs, so you can stay out of trouble.
- Hosting Off-Campus Parties: How to ensure that everyone has a fun time at your party.
- Medical Amnesty: Medical amnesty helps ensure that minors at medical risk as a result of alcohol intoxication will receive prompt and appropriate medical attention.
Information about Alcohol and Other Drugs
- Alcohol and Sex: Stay safe, have fun, skip the regrets.
- Alcohol Emergency: Learn the signs of an alcohol emergency and know what to do.
- How Students Stay in the Blue: JHU students have lots of strategies for “Staying in the Blue.”
- The Effects of Combining Alcohol with Other Drugs: Combining other drugs with alcohol can have unpredictable and unwanted consequences. This page will help you understand the dangers and take steps to prevent harm.
- Problem Drinking: Any one of these consequences is reason enough to evaluate your relationship with alcohol.
- PDF Document: Alcohol’s Effects on the Body (PDF)
- PDF Document: Alcohol First Aid (PDF)
- Word Document: Maryland Law: The Basics (DOC)
- Word Document: Ecstasy Factsheet (DOC)
- Word Document: Heroin Factsheet (DOC)
- Word Document: Marijuana Factsheet (DOC)
- Word Document: Predatory Drugs Factsheet (DOC)
- PDF Document: ADHD Drugs Factsheet (PDF)
- PDF Document: Performance Enhancement Drugs Factsheet (PDF)
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAAA)
NIAAA provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems by:
- Conducting and supporting research in a wide range of scientific areas including genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, health risks and benefits of alcohol consumption, prevention, and treatment
- Coordinating and collaborating with other research institutes and Federal Programs on alcohol-related issues
- Collaborating with international, national, state, and local institutions, organizations, agencies, and programs engaged in alcohol-related work
- Translating and disseminating research findings to health care providers, researchers, policymakers, and the public
Rethinking Drinking is for anyone who drinks. Rethinking Drinking offers valuable, research-based information.
Streetdrugs.org features information and links related to street drugs and drug abuse including links to published reports on drug use, a “drug index” listing all the drugs listed on the site, signs and symptoms of drug use, and directions for getting help.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) provides students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving and other destructive decisions.
The Maryland Collaborative
The Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems brings together Maryland colleges to address the problem of excessive drinking and its consequences on their campuses and in their communities. College student drinking problems exact enormous social and economic costs for families, friends, and the community-at-large, including assaults, injuries, drunk driving, alcohol abuse and dependency, and death.