Wellness and Health Promotion

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD)

The University of Toledo is committed to a safe environment for all students, faculty and staff by promoting and maintaining a work and academic environment that is free from illegal use and misuse of alcohol and drug abuse, in accordance with all federal, state and local laws as well as the Federal Drug Free Schools and Campus Safety Regulations.
The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Prevention Program's mission is to work collaboratively to create an environment that fosters campus-wide health promotion and academic success by coordinating multidisciplinary prevention and treatment efforts around the areas of substance abuse.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: SAMHSA recognizes the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 situation and is providing the following guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states across the country.  SAMHSA stands ready to assist in any manner possible.

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Alcohol Use


Learn the trends!

  • 67.3% of students reported alcohol use in the past 30 days
  • 52.7% of alcohol users reported binge drinking in the past two weeks
  • 39.5% of all students reported binge drinking in the past two weeks
  • 72.6% of students who reported alcohol or drug use, experienced a consequence due to their alcohol or drug use


What are the signs of alcohol overdose?

  • Vomiting
  • Hard to wake up or passed out
  • Irregular or slow breathing
    • Less than 12 breaths per minute or more than 10 seconds in between breaths
  • Blue lips or nail beds, cold clammy skin
  • Shivering or low body temperature
  • Confusion or disorientation


What do you do if someone has alcohol poisoning?

  • Call for help immediately (419.530.2600 or 911 if off campus)
  • Turn the person on their side
  • Monitor breathing
  • Never leave a person alone


*If you are concerned about a friend suffering from alcohol overdose, The University of Toledo passed a medical amnesty law which means we encourage students to make responsible decisions and to seek medical attention in life threatening situations that result from alcohol and/or drug abuse.

Blood alcohol Content (BAC)

.02% - .03%

a boost in self-confidence, life of the party, short attention span, poor judgment, flushed appearance

.09% - .25%

sleepiness, poor memory, trouble understanding things, slow reactions, uncoordinated movements, loss of balance, blurred vision

.18% - .30%

don’t know location, dizziness and staggering, aggressiveness, highly emotional, trouble seeing clearly, slurred speech

.25% - .40%

difficulty moving around, unresponsive to stimuli, nausea and vomiting, unable to stand or walk

.35% - .50

unconsciousness, depressed reflexes, low body temperature, slow heart rate, shallow breathing

Over .50%




Did you know that The University of Toledo has been a tobacco free campus since August 2014 (Click Here for Details)?  Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States.  Smoking elicits harmful effects to not only the individual who smokes, but to every individual exposed to the smoke.  A majority of University of Toledo students do not use tobacco86.7% of students reported to have not used tobacco in the past 30 days.


Health Effects of Using Tobacco Products 

  • Increased risk for coronary heart disease by 2-4 times
  • Increased risk for stroke by 2-4 times
  • Risk for men developing lung cancer by 25 times
  • Risk for women developing lung cancer by 25.7 times
  • Increased risk for lung diseases, such as COPD, emphysema and chronic bronchitis
  • Increased risk for all cancers


Benefits of Smoking Cessation 

  • After 20 minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure begin to drop
  • 12 hours later, the carbon monoxide levels in your blood return to normal
  • In 2-12 weeks, your circulation improves and lung function increases
  • About 1-9 months later, coughing and shortness of breath being to decrease
  • After 1 year of smoking cessation, your risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker
  • 10 years later, your risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker and your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decreases.
  • 15 years of smoking cessation decreases risk of coronary heart disease to a non-smoker

If you decide to host:

  • Only serve alcohol to those of ages 21 or over
  • Make sure there are several designated drivers
  • Water and food are essential in balancing alcoholic beverages, supply both for guests
  • Respect your neighbors
  • Clean up

Harm Reduction Strategies:

  • Eat before and during drinking
  • Drink water in between alcoholic beverages
  • Set a limit and track your drinks
  • Understand BAC and your own limits
  • Never leave your drink unattended at a party/bar
  • Do NOT mix alcohol and drugs together
  • Pace yourself: Consume no more than one drink per hour


How are you getting home?

  • Uber, Lyft, or local taxi service
  • Leave your car home when you are going out
  • Have a designated driver
  • Stay at a friend’s house
  • Walk home

Should You Re-evaluate Your Relationship with Alcohol? 

If you have experienced any of the following consequences from consuming alcohol, you might need to assess your relationship with alcohol.

  • Damaged relationships
  • Poor academic performance
  • Trouble with authorities
  • Fights/conflicts with others
  • Property damage
  • Regretted sex
  • Injuries under the influence
  • Memory loss (blackouts, brownouts, fade outs) (Detailed Information Regarding Alcohol Blackouts Here)
  • Frequent intoxication
  • Heavy consumption
  • Increasing tolerance
  • Negative drinking motivations
  • Behavior changes when not drinking
  • Visit to the hospital emergency room for alcohol overdose

The University policies are consistent with the laws of the state of Ohio as stated in the Ohio Revised Code. (See Here)

Open Container:

It is unlawful to have in one's possession in a public place an open container of beer or intoxicating liquor. Drivers and passengers are prohibited from consuming beer or intoxicating liquor or possessing open containers in motor vehicles.

This prohibition applies when a motor vehicle is being operated or is stationary on any street, highway, or other public or private property that is open to the public for vehicle travel or parking.

Underage consumption, purchasing or possession of alcohol:

It is unlawful for a person under 21 years of age to purchase, consume, possess or transport any intoxicating liquor. It is also unlawful to knowingly and falsely misrepresent one's age to obtain alcoholic beverages or to represent that another is of legal age for such propose. 

In Ohio, you may be arrested for drinking, buying or possessing an alcoholic beverage (even in closed container) while under the age of 21.  This is a first-degree misdemeanor, with a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail and a $1,000 dollar fine.





Providing alcohol to an underage person and Fake ID's:

No person shall furnish or buy or contribute money to the purchase of alcohol for an underage drinker; and it is illegal to use false identification or provide false identification in the purchase of alcoholic beverages.

Driving while under the influence:

It is unlawful to consume any beer or intoxicating liquor in a motor vehicle.

Fake ID:

If you are caught using a fake ID to purchase or obtain alcohol, you will face a first-degree misdemeanor charge. This charge carries a fine of up to $1,000 or a full 12 months in jail. If you are caught using someone else’s ID, the real owner can possibly be subjected to a 12-month suspension of his or her license.  There is also a possibility of being charged with fraud.



Other Health risks


Drugs and Alcohol Don’t Mix


Mixing alcohol and drugs can be extremely dangerous.  There can be numerous harmful, unwanted effects which students and the University of Toledo community should be aware of.

  • Depressants – Mixing depressants, such as Xanax or Valium, can cause rapid dizziness, stumbling, loss of sphincter control, memory loss and potential death.
  • Stimulants – Combining stimulants, such as Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta, with alcohol can result in over-consumption.  The effect stimulants exert on the body conceal alcohol’s effects, so the individual cannot accurately perceive their level of intoxication.  This often results in over-consumption which can lead to blacking out, passing out and even death.
  • Prescription Opiates – Consuming alcohol in combination with prescription opiates (such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet) can result in slowed or arrested breathing, lowered pulse and blood pressure, unconsciousness, coma and potential death.
  • Marijuana – Mixing marijuana with alcohol can lead to vomiting, spins, paranoia, decreased motor control and mental concentration.  Marijuana also depresses your gag reflex, which can be fatal if you need to expel alcohol and are unable to.
  • Amphetamines – Amphetamines elicit an increase in blood pressure and heart rate when consumed.  Consuming alcohol in conjunction with amphetamines is dangerous as the individual is more likely to consume more alcohol, as the drug stimulates the individual.  This combination is also extremely harmful to your kidneys.


Illegal Drug Use Data


  • 18.4% of UT students reported marijuana use in the past 30 days
  • 21.6% of UT students reported any illicit drug use in the past 30 days, including illicit prescription drug use
  • The most frequently reported illicit drugs used in the past 30 days:
  • Marijuana, 18.4%
  • Stimulants (Ritalin, Adderall), 3.4%
  • Amphetamines (diet pills, speed), 2.4%


Alternative Statements

  • Did you know that a majority of UT students abstain from utilizing any illicit drugs?  It’s true!
  • 81.6% of students abstained from using marijuana in the past 30 days.
  • 78.4% of student did not utilize any illicit drugs in the past 30 days, including illicit prescription drug use.


Counseling Center

The University of Toledo's counseling center office is a free resource to all students.  If you are looking to get help for drug abuse, suicide or just wanting to speak with someone about situations that you would like to speak about please contact the guidance counselors office or visit their web page by clicking here.

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It can be frustrating when personal and/or work related problems surface and it’s unclear where to turn for help. When complications arise from stress, marital and family issues, parenting challenges, depression, anxiety, substance use, and other emotional concerns, it’s comforting to have someone to talk to.

The University of Toledo is proud to make available to you the IMPACT Employee Assistance Program (EAP), offering confidential support for you and your household members, dependents living away from home, and parents & parents-in-law. For more information please click here





Important numbers
In cases of emergency always call 911!


UT Police/Fire/Medical Response

UT MC Police (non-emergency)

UT HSC Police(non-emergency)

Toledo Police(non-emergency)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

National Poison Emergency Lifeline











Last Updated: 5/23/23