Alcohol and Drug Information

Alcohol And Drug Counseling Program

Counseling Program Description

Within the design of the Counseling Center's Drug Education/Awareness Program, a counselor/psychologist on staff at the Center is involved in development and implementation of counseling services for referred students.

Services place emphasis on providing confidential assessment of individual needs for those with alcohol/drug related problems.

Objectives of Program

The purpose of the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Program is to:

Provide assistance to the University with alcohol and other drug education programs. 2. Provide assistance in resolving student alcohol and other drug related problems. 3. Provide assistance in preventing student alcohol and other drug related problems. 4. Provide assistance in educating students about alcohol and other drug use and abuse.

Counseling Process

Upon receiving referrals, the initial intake procedures will be carried out by the designated counselor/psychologist, who will set up an individual counseling plan for each referred student.

All referred individuals will be required to attend individual counseling sessions for a period dependent upon the severity of the problem, but not less than four (4) weeks. Release from counseling/completion of the program will be at the recommendation of the counselor/psychologist.

The overall process will be of a personal-social-educational nature with a drug specific counseling focus. Upon completion of the program, an acknowledgment of completion form will be received. Individuals falling into the category for the need of long-term counseling/treatment will be referred to a reliable off-campus facility.

Follow-Up Counseling

Follow-up counseling will be available as needed and determined by the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Program.

For more information about this program or to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Robert Mays, Director of the Counseling Center. He can be reached by visiting the Center in Boykin Wright Hall or by calling 737-1471.


Tips On How To Cut Down On Your Drinking

If you or your doctor want your drinking cut down, these steps can help you:

1. Write down your reasons for cutting down or stopping.

Why do you want to drink less? There are many reasons why you may want to cut down or stop drinking. You may want to improve your health, sleep better, or get along better with your family or friends. Make a list of the reasons you want to drink less.

2. Set a drinking goal.

Choose a limit for how much you will drink. You may choose to cut down or not to drink at all. If you are cutting down, keep below these limits:

  • Women: No more than one drink a day.
  • Men: No more than two drinks a day.
  • A drink is: a 12 ounce bottle of beer; a 5 ounce glass of wine; or a 1 ½ ounce shot of liquor.
  • Note: These limits may be too high for some who have certain medical problems or who are older. Talk with your doctor about the limit that is right for you.
  • NOW--write your drinking goal on a piece of paper.
  • Put it where you can see it, such as on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror.
  • Your paper might look like this:

My drinking goal:
-I will start on this day ________________________.
-I will not drink more than __________ drinks in one day.
-I will not drink more than _________ drinks in one week or I will stop drinking.

3. Keep a "diary" of your drinking.

To help you reach your goal, keep a "diary" of your drinking. For example, write down every time you have a drink for 1 week. Try to keep your diary for 3 or 4 weeks. This will show you how much you drink and when. You may be surprised. How different is your goal from the amount you drink now? Use the "drinking diary" below to write down when you drink.

Week: # of drinks types of drinks place consumed
Week: # of drinks types of drinks place consumed
Week: # of drinks types of drinks place consumed
Week: # of drinks types of drinks place consumed

Now you know why you want to drink less and you have a goal. There are many ways you can help yourself to cut down.

  • Watch it at home.
  • Keep a small amount or no alcohol at home. Don't keep temptations around.
  • Drink slowly.
  • When you drink, sip your drink slowly. Take a break of 1 hour between drinks. Drink soda, water, or juice after each drink with alcohol. Do not drink on an empty stomach! Eat food when you are drinking.
  • Take a break from alcohol.
  • ick a day or two each week when you will not drink at all. Then, try to stop drinking for 1 week. Think about how you feel physically and emotionally on these days. When you succeed and feel better, you may find it easier to cut down for good.
  • Learn how to say NO.
  • You do not have to drink when other people drink. You do not have to take a drink that is given to you. Practice ways to say no politely. For example, you can tell people you feel better when you drink less. Stay away from people who give you a hard time about not drinking.
  • Stay active.
  • What would you like to do instead of drinking? Use the time and money spent on drinking to do something fun with your family or friends. Go out to eat, see a movie, or play sports or a game.
  • Get support.
  • Cutting down on your drinking may be difficult at times. Ask your family and friends for support to help you reach your goal. Talk to your doctor if you are having trouble cutting down. Get the help you need to reach your goal.
  • Watch out for temptations.
  • Watch out for people, places, or times that make you drink, even if you do not want to. Stay away from people who drink a lot or bars where you used to go. Plan ahead of time what you will do to avoid drinking when you are tempted.
  • Do not drink when you are angry or upset or have a bad day. These are habits you need to break if you want to drink less.

Most people do not cut down or give up drinking all at once. Just like a diet, it is not easy to change. That is okay. If you do not reach your goal the first time, try again. Remember, get support from people who care about you and want to help! Do not give up!


Where Are You With Your Drinking?

Purpose: This activity is designed to help you determine if you have some alcoholic tendencies and to advance your understanding of alcoholic behavior.

Directions: Respond to the following questions by answering "yes" or "no."

_____1) Have you noticed that you are able to handle more liquor than when you were first drinking?

_____2) Did you ever wake up on the "morning after" and discover that you could not remember part of the evening before, even though your friends tell you that you did not pass out?

_____3) Are there certain occasions when you feel uncomfortable if alcohol is not available?

_____4) Do you sometimes feel a little guilty about your drinking?

_____5) Are you secretly irritated when your family or friends discuss your drinking?

_____6) Do you often find that you wish to continue drinking after your friends say that they have had enough?

_____7) Have you ever been arrested, even for a few hours, because of driving while intoxicated or for becoming aggressive or fighting?

_____8) Have you often failed to keep the promises you have made to yourself about controlling or cutting down your drinking?

_____9) Do you eat very little or irregularly when you are drinking?

_____10) Have you recently noticed that you cannot drink as much as you once did?

_____11) Do you sometimes stay drunk for several days at a time?

_____12) Do you get terribly frightened after you have been drinking heavily?

Scoring: Those who answer yes to two or more of these questions may wish to evaluate their drinking habits to further determine consistency and frequency of patterns. The guide below indicates which questions relate to the different stages of alcoholism.

Questions 1 through 4 represent some of the early stages of alcoholism. If you checked one or more of these, it would be wise to watch your drinking behaviors carefully. Although many people stay at this stage throughout their lives, many others miss the chance to control their drinking before it progresses.

Questions 5 through 9 represent some of the middle stages of alcoholism. If you check one or more of these, your dependence on alcohol is probably well established. Outside counseling might be helpful at this stage.

Questions 10 through 12 represent some of the final stages of alcoholism. If your answers indicate that you are in this stage, you should seek medical help.

Produced in part from the brochure What are the Signs of Alcoholism? published by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. For more information, visit the website at


How To Tell If A Loved One Has A Problem With Alcohol, Marijuana Or Other Drugs

Sometimes it is tough to tell. Most people won't walk up to someone they're close to and ask for help. In fact, they will probably do everything possible to deny or hide the problem. But, there are certain warning signs that may indicate that a family member or friend is using drugs and drinking too much alcohol.

If your friend or loved one has one or more of the following signs, he or she may have a problem with drugs or alcohol:

  • getting high on drugs or getting drunk on a regular basis
  • lying about things, or the amount of drugs or alcohol they are using
  • avoiding you and others in order to get high or drunk
  • giving up activities they used to do such as sports, homework, or hanging out with friends who don't use drugs or drink
  • having to use more marijuana or other illicit drugs to get the same effects
  • constantly talking about using drugs or drinking
  • believing that in order to have fun they need to drink or use marijuana or other drugs
  • pressuring others to use drugs or drink
  • getting into trouble with the law taking risks, including sexual risks and driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • feeling run-down, hopeless, depressed, or even suicidal
  • suspension from school for an alcohol or drug-related incident
  • missing work or poor work performance because of drinking or drug use

Many of the signs, such as sudden changes in mood, difficulty in getting along with others, poor job or school performance, irritability, and depression, might be explained by other causes. Unless you observe drug use or excessive drinking, it can be hard to determine the cause of these problems. Your first step is to contact a qualified alcohol and drug professional in your area who can give you further advice.


Where To Go For Help With Drug Or Alcohol Problems

Augusta University Students and Employees

Augusta University Counseling Center

Physical Plant Building, 2nd Floor


In Georgia:

Al-Anon Information Center

Alcoholics Anonymous
12th District Office 113 Camilla Drive Augusta, GA
(706)860-8331 or 1-800-336-6043

Augusta Counseling Services/ ACS
1721 Wrightsboro Road (706)737-5700
138 Davis Road

Augusta Steppingstones to Recovery
1719 Wrightsboro Road Augusta, GA

Bradford Health Services
105 Rossmore Place
Augusta, GA 
(706) 854-1126

Community Mental Health Center/Mental Retardation/Substance Abuse Center of East Central Georgia
3421 Mike Padgett Highway Augusta, GA

Crisis Line

Narcotics Anonymous
(706)855-2419 or 1-800-711-6375

In South Carolina:

Aiken-Barnwell Mental Health Center Aiken

Aiken Center For Alcohol and Drug Services
1105 Gregg Hwy Aiken, SC

Alcoholics Anonymous North Augusta Central Group
501 Detour Rd. North Augusta, SC
(803)279-1060 or 1-800-336-6043


Aurora Pavilion Behavioral Health Services - Aiken Regional Medical Centers
655 Medical Park Drive Aiken, SC
1-800-273-7911 or (803)641-5900

Behavioral Health Center - University Hospital
Aiken County

Hartzog Center
433 Georgia Avenue North Augusta, SC

Narcotics Anonymous


Links To Other Helpful Sites