Health Services

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Hudson Valley Community College is committed to maintaining an environment that fosters academic success and personal well-being for all students. The abuse of alcohol or other drugs has potential legal consequences and interferes with the college's goal of fostering a safe learning environment. There also are health risks and personal costs for students, ranging from poor academic performance to death.

With that in mind, Hudson Valley has created a Decisions brochure, which highlights some important facts regarding substance abuse.

Appendix 3 and 4 of the Complying with the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations publication of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, lists the Federal Penalties and Sanctions for Illegal Trafficking and Possession of a Controlled Substance and the Health Risks Associated with the Use of Illicit Drugs and Alcohol.

Studies done on college campuses across the country (including Hudson Valley) show that students who drink excessively or use recreational drugs often experience problems ranging from arguing and fighting to trouble with police and DWI/DUI. Excessive alcohol and drug use can also lead to injury, an inability to stop using, sexual assault and urges to commit suicide.

A 1999 study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that 44 percent of college students are binge drinkers. This means that roughly two of every five students will drink too much in one sitting. It also means that three of five students do not drink to excess and may resent having their lives impacted by students who drink too much.

In fact, 60 percent of Hudson Valley's students disapprove when their friends have more than five drinks in one sitting.

While many college students say they have access to nearly any drug, research shows that fewer students use drugs today than in the past. Sixty-three percent of Hudson Valley's students prefer not to have illicit drugs present at parties. Today's college students are aware that illegally produced drugs are extremely dangerous because of an inconsistency in their potency and components.

There are certain high-risk factors and situations that college students should know about. For instance, individuals from families with addictions or multiple conflicts are at a risk to develop problems because of drug and/or alcohol use. Individuals under the influence of alcohol or drugs are also at a risk of injury if they drive automobiles or boats, use machinery or even climb stairs.

More Information

For information regarding children of alcoholics, visit For general information on drugs, visit

If you or someone you care about would like more information about alcohol, drugs or risk factors, visit the Wellness Center, call (518) 629-7468 or email

All visits and conversations are confidential.