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CogBooks partners with the Rothenberger Institute from the University of Minnesota’s top-ranked School of Public Health for this curriculum. Course content was developed by the Rothenberger Institute team, which includes instructors, health educators, wellness coaches, instructional designers, media specialists, evaluators, and peer educators.
Alcohol & College Life focuses on personal prevention strategies to maximize student and campus safety by providing students with factual and unbiased information about how alcohol and other substances affect college life, regardless of whether or not students choose to drink or use substances. In addition, Alcohol & College Life incorporates strategies to enhance academics, time management, self-care, financial wellness, and interpersonal communication.
Course evaluation data from academic year 2017-2018.
96% of students would recommend Alcohol & College Life to others.
98% of students indicated improvement in behaviors related to the course topics.
“This class was helpful in me restructuring my life so that I can succeed and be happy in college. It also made me aware of my drinking habits and how to use alcohol more safely”
University of Minnesota Student
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Module 1: Substances on College Campuses
An individual’s behaviors are influenced by many factors, including what is happening around them and what a person thinks is going on around them, even if inaccurate. Substance misuse on college campuses has been a growing concern of legislators, families, and college administrators for decades, but the problem is complex and challenging to address.
Module 2: Principles of Intoxication
Widely sought out, intoxication is a combination of physical and psychological effects. How a substance is classified depends on its effects and a person’s response to a substance depends on many factors. Understanding what impacts an individual’s response to a substance can help them make informed, safer choices.
Module 3: Substances and the Body
Alcohol and other substances are commonly used intoxicants around the world. The effects of substances can be felt within minutes or even seconds of consumption or administration. Additionally, regular substance use can have lasting effects on the body and brain.
Module 4: Addressing Substance Misuse and Dependence
Identifying the fine line between substance misuse and substance dependence is tricky. Recognizing indicators and criteria for disorders can help with interventions and effective treatment. Know how identify risk factors, get help and support the iterative recovery process.
Module 5: Responsible Use
Most people have never been given the guidance to use substances responsibly. Equipping yourself with party strategies and understanding how intoxication works will help you have more enjoyable experiences regardless of whether or not you use substances.
Module 6: Factors That Impact Student Success
Each student likely defines and realizes success differently. Is success only realized upon graduation or after getting a job? Is success having a high GPA or a long resume? Can’t students have a successful college experience if they grow or develop as an individual? Regardless of your definition, success depends on circumstance, existing structures, luck, and hard work.
Success-promoting behaviors include: managing your time; managing your money; taking care of yourself; find effective study habits and learning strategies; and building a support network.
Think of these as a network. Having strength in one or two of these areas can help support the others. Similarly, lacking in one or two areas can hinder the benefits of strength in the others. The goal is to find a balance.
Module 7: Bystander Intervention
Bystander intervention skills can be applied in a number of scenarios, including to prevent alcohol poisoning and sexual assault. Learn why individuals do not intervene, how to decide whether to intervene, and a variety of approaches to intervening in potentially harmful situations. Learn the signs of alcohol overdose and the steps you can take to potentially save someone’s life.
Module 8: Substance Use, Sex and Sexual Assault
One important, basic need is to build meaningful relationships with others. Meeting this need contributes to our health and wellbeing. The problem with using substances all the time is that it makes forming close, long lasting relationships difficult. You might end up knowing a lot of people, but actually knowing very few of them very well. You’ll likely have more acquaintances than actual friends. In addition, substance use and sexual assault are very closely linked. While victim/survivors of sexual assault are never at fault, it’s important to understand how its presence impacts these situations.
Module 9: The History of Substance Use, Laws and Policies
Drug use and abuse is nothing new. Substances have played a central role in cultural practices throughout history, including spiritual ceremonies, community celebrations, and personal pleasure. As a result, for many people exposure to alcohol and other substances is subtle, constant, pervasive, and enduring; it really is most everywhere we go and has been a part of human society for some time. The history of substance use and attitudes around those who use help shape our understanding in how our current day laws and policies have evolved.
Module 10: Substance Misuse Prevention Strategies
What is the goal of prevention? Do we want to prevent the use of all drugs, or just certain drugs? Why not try to prevent misuse, or just prevent problems associated with use? This is a knotty problem that people try to unravel with strategies of prevention. The problem is that drug abuse is far too complex to solve with a bumper-sticker slogan, such as “Just Say No.” You have also probably realized efforts to counter the effects of alcohol advertising, such as anti-alcohol campaigns, are far outnumbered by alcohol advertising.
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