Alcohol Policy and Resources

The full Alcohol Policy and Procedures can also be found in the updated Student Life Handbook(Pages 24-26).

Alcohol Policies Health risks associated with alcohol abuse are* 

  • Effects of drinking too much at one time may include increased heart rate and skin temperature, loss of muscle control, and hangover symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, and headache. • Alcohol abuse can also result in damage to brain cells, mental illness and personality disorders, as well as causing birth defects or other abnormalities in the unborn. • Long-term heavy drinking can damage the heart muscle, increase the risk of heart disease, and lead to heart failure and alcoholism. It can also inflame vital tissue; increase the risk of ulcers and cancers of the liver, mouth, throat, and stomach; cause degeneration of bone and muscle; and result in blackouts and memory loss. • The cumulative effects of alcoholism may include all of the above disorders or risks, particularly cirrhosis and cancer of the liver, alcoholic hepatitis, enlarged heart, congestive heart failure, ulcers and gastritis, and brain damage, as well as “DTs”/disorientation, shaking, memory impairment, and hallucinations resulting from the alcohol withdrawal. (*Used with permission from Gustavus Adolphus College)

On-Campus Resources

The Prevention and Wellness Office: Staffed by a Licensed Clinical Addictions counselor, students can receive personalized substance abuse assessments, receive individual treatment, and be connected to outside resources such as Self-Help Meetings, IOP, MAT, and Residential Centers. 

Valparaiso University Counseling Center: This confidential location is free to all full-time undergraduate and most graduate students and can provide assessment care and resources to help those also dealing with other areas of mental distress.

Valparaiso University Student Health Center: The trained professionals at the health center can screen for substance abuse or misuse and provide feedback about any physical health concerns related to this use. 

Local Community Resources

Recovery Connection: This resource is located near campus and provides a variety of self-help meetings as well as sober social activities.

Local AA Meetings 

Porter Starke Services: Community Mental Health Center accessible by V-Line that provides wrap-around services including IOP, Aftercare and Medication Assisted Treatment. 

SAMHSA HELPLINE: SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1.800.662.HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1.800.487.4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.

Inpatient Facilities

Rosecrance: Locations throughout the Chicagoland Area 

Recovery Works: Located approximately 30 miles away in Merrillville, IN 

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) Compliance document available here.