Counseling Services

Alcohol and Substance Use in College

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Are you thinking of cutting back? How much is too much? Find out where you stand by taking this 20-30 min. confidential interactive web program to receive immediate, personalized feedback about your alcohol use. For more information about Alcohol and Drugs including signs and symptoms and how to get help, see the Jed Foundation's Understanding Substance Abuse page.

What About Counseling?

Counselors with Counseling Services can assist students who wish to reduce their substance or alcohol use. The goals and discussion topics in counseling are up to the student, and counseling is voluntary. In accordance with our Confidentiality Policy, counselors do not have a duty to report substance use. Since counseling while under the influence of alcohol or other substances may not be effective, counselors may ask students to reschedule appointments if they arrive to Counseling Services and are not sober.

Other UH Hilo Resources

Community and National Resources

Self/Help 12-Step Groups

Substance Use

General Community Resources



  • Mayo Clinic Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Alcohol Screening
    • Alcohol Screening is a free screening that helps you determine how healthy your alcohol consumption is. You will understand how your alcohol drinking compares to the average and what amount of alcohol that your body can handle safely. You have an option to get help if you want to cut down on alcohol if that would be best for you. Alcohol Screening is offering ways to help you with this. You can also choose to what degree you want to cut down on alcohol consumption.
  • Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers
  • ʻOhana Counseling Services Alcohol and Addictions Program:, (808) 935-4412
  • Alcohol Resource Guide
    • Website offers educational resources to understand alcohol addiction warning signs, cause, health impacts, and treatment and support options available. There is also a nationwide list of rehabilitation centers.



Secondhand Smoking

Have in mind that you are putting the people in your surrounding at risk if you are smoking. (CDC)



  • Addiction Center, 1-855-648-1308
  • - Marijuana
  • Marijuana
    • Marijuana can especially be dangerous for younger persons. There can be as much as 8 points loss of IQ that will never return.
    • 1-in-6 people who start using the drug before the age of 18 can become addicted.
  • Marijuana
    • "Smoking marijuana clearly damages the human lung, and regular use leads to chronic bronchitis".



Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Otherside

Macklemore sings about his own drug addiction in the past. Listen to this true story from one of the most transparent artists. Macklemore has battled addiction and he is today sober.