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Student Health Services

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Information

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Student Health Services

Commonwealth Hall, Ground Floor

Mailing Address:
Student Health Services
715 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2509
Fax: 610-436-3148

Why make an appointment with one of our staff?

  • Free, confidential conversations about alcohol or other drug use. No judgment.
  • Help with quitting tobacco use (smoking or chewing)
  • Talk about a friend when their use of alcohol or drugs is a concern

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Information

Online Alcohol Education for New Students

IMPORTANT-Students entering WCU for fall 2015. Check your WCU e-mail for the information about the required alcohol education and sexual assault prevention education online programs.

If you completed a similar program at another school, it is your responsibility to get the verification and e-mail it to:

If you have technical problems with the online program, call the program administrator (Campus Clarity) at 800-652-9546

Alcohol and Marijuana Use Feedback Tools


Do you drink alcohol? How many calories do you typically drink in a week? How much money do you spend in a month? How does your alcohol use compare to other WCU students and students in the US?

Take 8 minutes to get personal, confidential feedback about alcohol use. Want to talk about the results? Call a member of our Alcohol Education Staff and set up a time to talk

Alcohol: The Survey

Start the alcohol survey below. Read the questions carefully and remember:

  • Accurate responses in = Accurate feedback out
  • Garbage in = Garbage out


eCHECKUP TO GO: Marijuana

Do you smoke marijuana? How much money do you spend in a month? How does your use compare to other WCU students and students in the US?

Take 5 minutes to eCHECKUP TO GO: Marijuana and get personal, confidential feedback about marijuana use. Want to talk about the results? Call a member of our Alcohol Education Staff and set up a time to talk.

Alcohol Education Workshops

  • The Alcohol Education Workshops do not satisfy court-required education related to a DUI charge.

Register for a Workshop: the total charge will be $24 and be billed on your student account through a Student Health Services charge.

  • Wednesday October 14, 2015 4:30-6:00 PM
  • Tuesday November 3, 4-5:30 PM

Register for an Alcohol Education Workshop.

  • You will get a confirmation within 2-3 days.
  • You will get information about the location and requirements about 3 days before the workshop.


Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)
No judgment

  • is an individual, confidential conversation (usually 2 sessions) with a member of the Alcohol Education staff to talk about the use of alcohol/drugs and to help reduce risks.
  • The conversation includes: typical alcohol use, information about alcohol/other drugs, self-evaluation of use, how your use compares to other students, and the development of a personal plan for reducing risks associated with alcohol or drug use.
  • BASICS is open to any student who wants to discuss alcohol or drug use.*

To make an appointment, call the Student Health Center and ask for a BASICS appointment.

*BASICS does not fulfill requirements for a DUI evaluation or class.

Comments from Students who have Attended BASICS

  • "My Basics instructor helped me out a lot and I think everyone should go through this training freshman year."
  • "The BASICS program was very informative and extremely well structured. I would recommend it to students even if they received no citation."
  • "Helpful to be able to talk about issues in a closed environment. Thanks."

Quitting Tobacco Use

Most people who are successful in quitting tobacco use do these things:

  1. Decide to Quit
  2. Set a Date
  3. Make a Plan to learn new skills and behaviors (why do you smoke, and what will you do instead?)
  4. Get Medication and use it correctly (especially if you smoke >10 cigarettes a day and/or smoke within 30 minutes of waking up in the AM)

We are here to help!


  • Pick up a Tobacco Quit Kit at the Wellness Center, Wayne Hall, 2nd Floor. The Kit contains a booklet that will guide you through the cessation process, along with candy, gum, and "fidgets."
  • Call Student Health Services (610-436-2509) to schedule an appointment with the Tobacco Cessation Coordinator.

Free Apps for QUITTERS

  • QuitGuide: Prepare to quit smoking and get support for the days and weeks ahead as well as solutions to handle cravings. Share via Facebook or Twitter.
  • Since iQuit: Track how long since you stopped smoking, and money saved.
  • Quit Smoking: Cessation Nation: Count the days you have quit, money saved, cigarettes not smoked, and get distracted if you have an urge.
  • Get Rich or Die Smoking: How much money do you spend on tobacco? What could you buy instead?

Web Resources

  • Visit QuitNet for tips, resources, and a personalized quit plan. This resource is free for Chester County Residents.
  • Call the PA Department of Health 24-hour Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. Ask about FREE medication for quitting tobacco use for PA residents.
    • The TTY number for the PA Quitline is 877-777-6534.
  • For more information about a personal plan, visit
  • I QUIT! : What To Do When You're Sick of Smoking, Chewing, or Dipping.

Alcohol Education and Programming Grants

The Alcohol Education and Programming Grant is funded by fines paid by students who have had alcohol/drug related judicial violations.

Grants of $500-$1,000 are available to support Alcohol/Drug Education and Programming. Funds must be used in the specified semester.

The purpose of this grant is to promote healthy decision-making related to alcohol/drug use and to reduce/avoid use by engaging in alcohol-free social opportunities.

Learn More


On Campus

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) Programs
    Student Health Services
  • WCU Counseling & Psychological Services

12-Step Meetings

There are many local meeting places and times. Times do change, so please call to confirm. Click the Find a Meeting link on the left and select a location and time.

If you would like to meet another student to attend with, please contact the ATOD staff through the Student Health Center.

Alcoholics Anonymous:

Narcotics Anonymous:

Evaluation and Treatment

If you would like assistance with your insurance or setting up an appointment, please contact the ATOD staff through the Student Health Center.

Al-Anon meetings

Meet others who live, or have lived, with the problem of alcohol abuse or alcoholism.

  • West Chester
    Calvary Lutheran Church
    Rosedale Ave. & New St.
    West Chester, PA
    Thursday mornings at 10:00am

For a complete list of locations, visit the Pennsylvania Area Al-Anon website.

Drug Free Schools Act

Students receive an email in fall and spring semesters with information required by the Drug Free Schools Act. All resources are listed below.