Health and wellness
Substance abuse prevention program
The Counseling Center houses the substance abuse
prevention program. It offers assessment, screening,
information, treatment recommendations, referrals, as
well as classes.
Dr. Jason Kilmer, Ph.D.
Substance abuse prevention program coordinator
Room 203, Old Main
(360) 438-4371 (c/o Jan Berney)
Call, stop by, email, or leave a confidential message and make an
appointment. In your message, make sure you provide your complete name,
and the best way to contact you. You can also indicate if this is a
self-referral or if this is a referred visit. If it is a referred
appointment, indicate who made the referral for you and for what
Electronic Check-Up To Go - Receive online personal feedback about
alcohol use by completing this brief survey.
College and alcohol
Are you making friends or drinking buddies?
College life is exciting and absorbing. Sometimes we get so busy with
classes, work, activities and friendships that we don't realize we have
a problem until it's too tough to fix alone.
For some students, the draw of a Saturday night party becomes too
absorbing. Drinking problems start small, then escalate. This process
usually isn't a dramatic one, but instead, takes place slowly over a
period of time.
If your friends can't have a good time without drinking, maybe you
need some friends who can.
Do you or a friend have an alcohol problem? Wondering whether you --
or someone you know has a drinking problem? Answer these questions.
- Has the amount or frequency of your drinking changed?
- Why do you drink?
- Is it you or the alcohol in control when you're drinking?
- Do you lose control?
- Is drinking affecting your relationships, academic work and/or
- Are you binge drinking -- drinking a lot in a short time -- or
drinking to get drunk?
Alcohol and grades
- "A" students average 3.1 drinks per week
- "B" students average 4.4 drinks per week
- "C" students average 5.6 drinks per week
- "U' and "F" students average 9.5 drinks
Many college students choose not to drink alcohol. Of those who do,
most drink moderately. Should you drink? Some people shouldn't drink at
all. With alcohol, their body chemistry changes and they become
alcohol-dependent. Other people can drink without suffering if they
learn to drink moderately and responsibly if they choose to drink at
Chugging drinks puts more alcohol in your system than your body can
deal with (see the section on alcohol poisoning symptoms).
Decisions you make while under the influence are decisions that can
affect the rest of your life so think twice before reaching for the
first drink -- or another drink. Having sex or drinking and driving
while you're under the influence are but two combinations with serious
consequences. Be responsible. Drinking to forget a problem or drive away
pain isn't the answer. It merely postpones having to face whatever is
To be true to yourself, be aware of your limits. If you need help
with a drinking problem, someone is always available to listen, but you
must take the first step -- seeking help.
Alcohol poisoning -- a killer
Alcohol poisoning can be a serious threat to life. Learn these
symptoms of alcohol poisoning and call 911 for help if:
- The drinker is unconscious or semiconscious and can't be
- The drinker's skin is cold, clammy, pale or bluish.
- The drinker's breathing is slow -- less then eight breaths per
minute -- and/or irregular.
- The drinker vomits while sleeping or passed out and doesn't wake
up after vomiting.
We can help with a drinking problem
If you or someone you care about has a problem with alcohol, get the
information and emotional support you need to act on your decision to do
something about it. The wellness resource center staff is here to help.
Call us today, 360-438-4371 or email Dr. Kilmer directly at