Alcohol & Other Drugs
Our programs work to reduce harmful consequences of alcohol and other drug use. We work to support students and learners in achieving their personal and academic potential. Read on to learn about alcohol and other drug-related health concerns, educational initiatives, and environmental strategies.
Blue Jays in the Blue Zone
Alcohol Orientation is required for all first-year students and introduces new Blue Jays to the “Blue Zone”. This is the level of alcohol use where there are fewer negative aspects of alcohol use, considered a BAC between 0.000 and 0.055. Our programming is designed to help students who choose to drink to do so in the safest way possible and to support students who choose not to drink in their decision.
Health Promotion and Well-Being’s peer health educators, PEEPs, can collaborate to provide interactive health programs related to AOD issues 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! Just contact us and we can work to create a program based on your needs.
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
MI is a one-session alcohol screening and discussion offered free to all Johns Hopkins students who want to explore their alcohol or marijuana use. Some students attend an MI session 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. This judgment-free program assists students in examining their alcohol and/or marijuana use and helps students develop plans that are in line with their personal goals.
MI is currently implemented by the Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Specialist and graduate-level interns. All facilitators are trained to respect the privacy of the students who attend.
MI sessions last 50 minutes and are one-on-one conversations between the student and facilitator.
Sessions utilize personalized feedback on a student’s alcohol and marijuana use to discuss approaches that can help the student be healthy and successfully meet their goals.
If you are required to complete MI due to a university violation or a court requirement, it is important that you schedule your MI session within two weeks of your referral. You will receive a deadline for completing both sessions.
Confidentiality: All information within the MI session is kept confidential between the student and the facilitator. However, if the student indicates that they may harm themselves 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.
Please schedule your MI appointment online.
Sober Party Monitor Training
Students who want to become Sober Party Monitors must go through TIPS training. Student leaders requested that this be a requirement for any student organization hosting off-campus parties with alcohol. TIPS sessions are a chance for students to talk with other student leaders and learn skills regarding:
- The goal 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 over-consumption 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. Each session has a limit of 35 participants.
Please note that first-year students are not allowed to serve as Sober Party Monitors.
You only need to complete TIPS training once during your time at Hopkins. 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.
For more questions related to sober party monitor and TIPS training, email email@example.com or call 410-516-8396
To request access to the virtual TIPS training, please complete the following form: [formidable id=”14″ title=”1″]
Johns Hopkins students have access to multiple resources on alcohol and other drugs. Check out our other pages about specific substances:
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.
Laws and Policies
- Choose to be safe and legal! Learn JHU’s policies and ordinances involving alcohol and other drugs, so you can stay out of trouble.
- Hosting Off-Campus Parties: Guidelines for improving safety at your parties.
- 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
- College Students and Alcohol: Check out the JHU Campus Well articles on 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.
- Ecstasy Factsheet (DOC)
- Heroin Factsheet (DOC)
- Marijuana Factsheet (DOC)
- Predatory Drugs Factsheet (DOC)
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.