Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs

The mission of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Program is to educate students about the potential negative consequences of drug and alcohol use and/or abuse. Through innovative programming, peer education, campus outreach, and community collaborations, the ATOD Program serves to create a harm-free environment in which students can achieve their academic goals and acquire skills necessary for life-long success.

The goals of the ATOD Program strives to create a campus climate that:

  • Reduces harm to students
  • Encourages dialogue regarding students’ behavior
  • Facilitates skill-building ad academic success
  • Demonstrates the diversity and unique qualities to provide valuable university opportunities.



Peer Support Groups

Although there are currently no on-campus 12-step programs available, ATOD fully supports the mission of all of the following programs. If you are interested in beginning a peer support group on campus please contact the ATOD office.

Local AA Meetings

  • Every Monday night at 8:15 p.m. at Care and Share Center, Crookston
  • Every Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church

For more information visit the national Alcoholics Anonymous Page or visit the Local AA district homepage and find a meeting.

Local NA Meetings

  • Every Monday night at 8:15 p.m. at RiverView Health - Classroom

PubH 1003 Alcohol and College Life Course for Freshmen & Sophomores

Attention Sophomores & Freshmen: Don't miss your opportunity to take "PubH 1003 Alcohol and College Life," a one-credit web course offered to both freshmen and sophomore students. That means almost all learning will take place via the World Wide Web, and not inside a traditional classroom.

Combining the experience of undergraduates with the knowledge and expertise of an award winning faculty member this course gives a unique and unbiased look at alcohol and other drugs in the campus experience. Fifteen lessons cover a range of topics centering on alcohol in the context of college. Each lesson is comprised of an online "lecture" and readings.

Our goal is to give students a look into the rewards and pressures of freshman year, particularly around the subjects of socialization, drugs and drinking. Guides to specific concepts include audio clips from older students who offer first-hand insight into campus life from a student perspective.

Other Student Resources

e-checkup to go logo

The Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO will provide you with accurate personalized feedback about:

  • Your individual drinking pattern
  • Your risk patterns
  • Your aspirations and goals
  • Helpful Resources at the University of Minnesota

Faculty and Staff Information

Faculty and Staff Information

In order for the ATOD program to be successful, we believe that it is essential that all UMC faculty and staff carry the message of social norming and responsible choices. Remember the cliche, "If you're not a part of the solution you're part of the problem"? Well, that definitely holds true with social norming. Anytime you relay a message pertaining negative student behavior you are harming the social norms campaign. We have research to prove that most UMC students make responsible choices with regard to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. So, rather than focus on the minority of irresponsible people, help us to show the world (and especially those incoming freshmen) that most UMC students are responsible.

Attention Advisors: There is a new course offering for freshmen only that will teach them important issues regarding Alcohol and College Life. With alcohol being the number 1 reason for college drop-outs, this 1-credit online course is sure to help retention in your department.

Attention All Faculty and Staff: View the social norms approach in the book by H. Wesley Perkins entitled The Social Norms Approach to Preventing School and College Age Substance Abuse: A Handbook for Educators, Counselors, and Clinicians.

We also have a variety of resources in the UMC library available for use at no cost to all UMC faculty, staff, and students. We encourage all faculty to integrate these materials into their classroom requirements.



Understanding BAC

What does BAC mean? BAC is milligrams of alcohol per 100 milligrams of blood, usually expressed as a percentage. For example, .10 BAC is 1 part alcohol for every 1,000 parts blood. See the chart below to find out what these numbers really mean. A "good buzz" is typically experienced when your BAC slowly rises to a level no higher than a .06.

A student doing the sobriety test

.02 Mellow feeling. Slight body warmth. Less inhibited. It is illegal for those under 21 to drive at this level of BAC, and can lead to a revoked license.
.05 Driving while ability impaired.
.06 Judgment is somewhat impaired. People are less able to make rational decisions about their capacities.
.08 Definite impairment to driving and illegal in NYS (DUI). Minnesota Law
.10 Reaction time and muscle control is impaired. Social drinkers rarely, if ever, reach this BAC level. Noisy. Mood swings. Possibly embarrassing behavior.
.15 Balance and movement are substantially impaired. The person has difficulty with normal walking or talking although a person may think they are fine. Risk of injury. Risk of choking on vomit.
.20 "Alcohol blackout" likely in which person is unable to recall what happened while they were intoxicated.
.25 All mental, physical, and sensory functions impaired. Increased risk of asphyxiation from choking on your own vomit and of seriously injuring yourself by falling or other accidents.
.30 Little comprehension of where you are. Many people lose consciousness, either falling asleep or passing out.
.35 This BAC is similar to surgical anesthesia.
.40 Most people lose consciousness. Nerve centers controlling the heart slow down.
.45 Fatal BAC in about 50% of the population. Alcohol at this level can paralyze the portion of the brain that controls breathing and heart rate. Vital functions cease and the person dies of respiratory or cardiovascular failure. This can happen even when someone has passed out after drinking a large amount of alcohol very rapidly. Though the person is passed out, the alcohol in the stomach continues to be absorbed in the bloodstream causing a fatal dose to accumulate.

Community and Student Coalitions

Community and Student Coalitions

ATOD Community Coalition

The ATOD Community Coalition was designed to combine UMC efforts of awareness and prevention with the efforts of those in the local community of Crookston. During our monthly meetings we discuss building and implementing a plan of action that represents the Crookston community and the campus environment regarding our goal of making positive strides in education, prevention, and safety when dealing with alcohol and other drugs using social norming campaigns.

Contact us or stop by at the Student Center 245.

Who is welcome to attend? Anyone who is passionate about combining forces between UMC and the Crookston Community regarding Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Awareness and Prevention.

ATOD Student Coalition

Most students at UMC make good choices about alcohol and other drugs. 79% of on-campus residents have never performed poorly on a test or class project because of alcohol or other drug use. The situation is this good. ATOD is here to help make sure people make their decisions with all the information. Getting this information out and planning some additional alternative activities is the mission of the ATOD Student Coalition. We would love to have you join our efforts. Here are some great reasons why other students have joined...

Top 10 reasons to become an ATOD member:

  1. Make a positive impact on campus
  2. Build a respectable image for UMC students in the community
  3. Become a role model for incoming students
  4. Become a positive influence for your friends
  5. Bring activities to campus that you want
  6. Get your voice heard
  7. Gain valuable leadership skills
  8. Build your resume'
  9. Make friends
  10. Have fun

You see, not only will you have fun, gain valuable experience that you can back up with your resume' and references, but you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you helped change the UMC campus for the better.

Who is welcome to attend?

Anyone who is passionate about combining forces between UMC and the Crookston community regarding Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Awareness and Prevention. If interested contact us or stop by at the Student Center 245.



Meeting 1

Survey 1 - How to Tell When Drinking is Becoming a Problem

  • To help you decide whether you might have a problem with your drinking ask yourself the questions below. If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, maybe it's time to look at what your drinking might be doing to you.

Survey 2 - Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT)

Survey 3 - Alcohol and You


Meeting 2

Survey 1 - (AODAP) Student Skill Streaming Checklist

Survey 2 - Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction

Meeting 3

Survey 1 - Alcohol Use Assessment

Policies and Procedures

Department Faculty & Staff

Department Faculty & Staff

Mental Health Care Prof 2
(218) 281-8571
Mental Health Care Prof 1
(218) 281-8348


ATOD Events/Happenings

View full year Calendar of Events

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs

University of Minnesota Crookston

145-G Sargeant Student Center

2900 University Ave

Crookston, MN 56716

PHONE: 218-281-8586



M-F 8:00 am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:30 pm

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