ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION

UEI College is committed to fostering an environment that is conducive to learning and achieving one’s personal and career goals. With that in mind, UEI College prohibits the use of alcohol and drugs on campuses.

All campuses are free from drugs and alcohol. Our policies concerning this matter are as follows:

  • NO student or faculty member shall arrive to class or one’s workplace under the influence or impaired by any drugs or illegally obtained prescription medications
  • NO student or faculty member will be under the influence of any legally prescribed drugs including marijuana, as this can impair cognitive and motor functions
  • NO student or faculty member shall possess, illegally manufacture, or distribute controlled substances on campus or at the workplace. Transferring, selling, storing, or purchasing alcoholic beverages on any UEI campus is against campus policy

 

If any student or faculty member is found to be in violation of this policy, that student or faculty member will receive appropriate disciplinary action including dismissal from school or employment with UEI and the involvement of law enforcement, when needed.

Use of Alcohol & Marijuana

While recreational use of marijuana has been legalized in many states, possession or use of marijuana on UEI campus or in the workplace is a violation of our school and workplace policies. Any violation may result in disciplinary action being taken including dismissal from school or employment at UEI College.

Alcohol is an addictive substance and can lead to addiction. Excessive drinking is dangerous and is linked to a higher risk of health problems such as injuries, liver disease, cancer, and violence. Anyone who is under the age of 21 or anyone who binge drinks regularly is at a higher risk of these health problems. According to a study that was conducted in 2016, roughly 48.5 million Americans have used an illegal drug or misused prescription drugs in the year prior to include inhalants, heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, and other opioids. An additional 2.2 million Americans, in that same year, stated that they sought out rehab or treatment to help diminish or stop their drug use due to medical problems experienced.

Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States!

Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances, especially in individuals 20 and under. This substance is responsible for roughly 4,300 deaths a year. Although it is illegal for individuals under the age of 21 to drink, about 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in America is within this age group.

Studies have revealed that underage drinkers consume MORE alcohol in a SINGLE sitting than adults who drink legally. 90% of adults and underage drinkers participate in binge drinking. Abuse of alcohol accounts for 1 out of 10 deaths in the US workforce and 9 out of 10 binge drinkers are not dependent on alcohol.

When You Drink Too Much, What Happens?

People who abuse alcohol will experience a wide variety of ailments and it affects more than just their overall well-being too. In fact, it affects the community and families. Some of the common outcomes from alcohol abuse include the following:

  • Car accidents and DUI offenses, which can result in serious injury or death
  • Heart disease, cancer, liver disease, high blood pressure, and stroke
  • Pregnant women who drink can pass on fetal alcohol disorders to their unborn babies
  • Increased sexual risks what can lead to STDs, unintended pregnancy, or HIV
  • Increased risk of injuries, falls, depression, suicide, sexual assault, violence, and homicide

Treatment and Resources

UEI College is committed to making sure all students and employees succeed and because of that, we can provide you with information on appropriate rehabilitation, treatment, and substance abuse counseling in a confidential environment.

Students or employees can voluntarily reach out to the Campus President or Executive Director at their home campus, in confidence, for any referrals or information about available programs that offer treatment, counseling, and rehabilitation for substance abuse.

Some resources that can help people fight addiction include the following:



Sources for Statistics:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)