Alcohol Dependency: Get in the KNOW!


How do you know when your drinking or a friend’s drinking has crossed the line? Do you know that alcohol dependency, or alcoholism is a mental illness? Here is a quick guide to understanding alcohol dependency. Be aware of the early signs that there is a problem. Help yourself, help a friend!


Moderate Drinkers Typically:

  •       Drink slowly, no fast gulping
  •       Know when to stop drinking, they don’t drink to get drunk
  •       Eat before or while drinking
  •       Never drive after drinking
  •       Respect nondrinkers
  •       Know and obey the laws related to drinking

Problem Drinkers Typically:

  •       Frequently drink to get drunk
  •       Try to “solve” problems by drinking
  •       Experience personality changes while drinking- may become loud, angry, violent or                             silent, reclusive and remote
  •       Drink when they should not- before driving, going to work or class
  •       Cause other problems- harm themselves, family, friends, and strangers
  •       Can lead to alcohol dependency

Alcohol Dependent Drinkers Typically:

  • Spend a lot of time thinking or planning their next drink
  • Keep bottles hidden for “pick me ups”
  • Start drinking without conscious planning and lose awareness of the amount consumed
  • Deny drinking
  • Often drink alone
  • Feel the need to drink before facing stressful situations
  • May have “blackouts” where they do not remember what happened while drinking
  • Cannot quit drinking or control how much you drink.
  • Need to drink more to get the same effect.
  • Have withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking. These include feeling sick to your stomach, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety.
  • Spend a lot of time drinking and recovering from drinking, or you have given up other activities so you can drink.
  • Have tried to quit drinking or to cut back the amount you drink but haven’t been able to.
  • Continue to drink even though it harms your relationships and causes physical problems.

Now that we know the difference between moderate, problematic, or dependency drinking let’s look where you, a friend, or family member can receive help and support. Don’t feel alone!

Set up an appointment with a Counselor right here on campus!

Cal State University San Marcos Health and Counseling Services

(760) 750-4915

Additional Resources:

Alcoholics Anonymous

Al-Anon/Alateen (for support as a family member or friend of an alcoholic)

(888) 425-2666

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information

24/7 Hotline, English and Spanish: (800) 729-6686

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

(212) 269-7797

24/7 referrals: (800) 622-2255

Aware Awake Alive (learn the signs of alcohol poisoning, save lives)


If you are a student at CSUSM we encourage you to come out to our Alcohol Awareness Screenings on April 10th @ U-Hour, Kellogg Plaza. These screenings are with the counseling staff on campus and will help you to understand your drinking habits and possible interventions.


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Be Aware and Remember the signs of Alcohol Poisoning:

CSUSM is partnering up with Aware, Awake and Alive to promote awareness of the signs for alcohol poisoning and to urge students to make that life saving phone call when you encounter someone with alcohol poisoning. Learn the signs, save a life!

Watch “Carson’s Story” to learn more about how you can make a difference with one call.



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Adam LoDolce, Dating Confidence Coach is coming Monday, March 17th @ 7 pm

adamlodolceThe Sexy Confidence Dating Coach, Adam LoDolce,  featured on MTV made is coming to CSUSM on Monday, March 17th @ 7 pm in University Student Union Ballroom to talk about dating, to talk about social life, but primarily to talk about alcohol and how it affects our ability to connect with other people through his program “Be the Life of the Party”.

Come join us in kicking off our #saferspringbreak week of events as we learn how to Be Safe and Enjoy Spring Break!


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What do you know about eating disorders???

Many people think having an eating disorder is a lifestyle choice, when in fact it is a mental illness.  By talking about it we can reach out to others and de-stigmatize this mental illness. Eating disorders are more common than you think.


“4 out of 10 Americans have either suffered or have known someone who has suffered from an eating disorder. Eating disorders do not discriminate between age, gender, race, or class – no one is immune.”
-Alliance for Eating Disorders

To help yourself, and to help someone you care about, know the signs of an eating disorder:

  • Constant thoughts about food, weight, calories, body shape, or exercise
  • Obsessed with weight and weights self frequently
  • Severely restricting the consumption of food
  • Avoiding eating with friends and family
  • Eating as a response to emotions (e.g. stress, anxiety)

If the warning signs describe you, or someone you know, you may be at-risk for the most common types of eating disorders, and should take a screening for:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Binge Eating

Take an in-person screening Thursday, March 6, at Kellogg Plaza, 11am-1pm or on-line at:
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CSUSM Influenza (Flu) Update

To:  CSUSM Campus Community

Re:  2013/14 Influenza (Flu) activity

ImageAccording to the County of San Diego Public Health Services, Influenza activity is widespread in San Diego County and within California.  There has been an increase in the number of locally reported cases over the first three (3) weeks of the year.

There are many instances of influenza-like illness (ILI) in the county.  Student Health and Counseling Services has also seen several students with ILI.  ILI is defined as an illness with a fever ≥100⁰F or 37.8⁰C plus cough and/or sore throat.  To stay healthy through this season, we encourage the campus community to follow the recommendations below: Continue reading

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Reaching STARdom

“When darkness is at its darkest, a star shines the brightest.” -Louise Philippe

Starsnewlogo2Students Talking About Relationships & Sex (S.T.A.R.S.) is a peer education prevention program that utilizes interactive theater and dialogue to transform individual behaviors and create positive social change. STARS educates students on sexual assault, relationship abuse and bystander intervention, and empowers peer educators to become advocates for a safe, healthy, and inclusive CSUSM community. Through S.T.A.R.S the idea that sexual assault and intimate partner violence (aka Domestic Violence, relationship abuse) are private matters is challenged and students are bringing the issues to the forefront as societal problems that need to be addressed. Continue reading

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Did you know almost half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned? Did you know approximately 50% of these unplanned pregnancies occur in women who say they were using some form of contraception? There are many birth control options available to women today.

Though the birth control pill is widely used and generally considered safe, many of our college students report difficulty remembering to take the pill at the same time every day.  Some women don’t like the side effects of the birth control pill. Other women have certain medical conditions that make it unsafe to use hormone contraceptives. College women are asking for safe, reliable, hassle-free birth control options that are 99.9% effective. Continue reading

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YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! Use your voice, make your choice to prevent drug abuse and excessive alcohol use and promote mental and emotional well-being.


With every healthy choice you make, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!  Prevention of substance abuse and promotion of mental health starts with the choices that each of us makes in our own life.  Through your personal healthy choices, you can set an example of health and wellness for other students. Your healthy behaviors help to prevent drug abuse and excessive alcohol use and promote mental and emotional well-being for those around you. Continue reading

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Cougar Eats – That’s How We Roll 4/16/13

Cougar Eats - That's How We Roll 4/16/13

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