Student Wellness Program


Excessive alcohol consumption can have a number of detrimental health effects, and includes: binge drinking, heavy drinking, any alcohol used by pregnant women, and alcohol consumed by those under the age of 21. Gender differences in body structure and chemistry, cause women to absorb more alcohol than men and for their bodies to take longer to metabolize. If you choose to drink, do so in moderation. For women, up to 1 drink per day, and for men, up to 2 drinks per day.

  • Binge drinking
    • Women: 4 or more drinks on one occasion
    • Men: 5 or more drinks on one occasion
  • Heavy drinking
    • Women: 8 or more drinks per week
    • Men: 15 or more drinks per week

Remember, one should not consume alcohol under the following conditions:

  • Being under the age of 21
  • When pregnant
  • Driving, or planning to drive
  • With prescription or over-the-counter medication

Please note: if you require any one-on-one help or direction, the College of Medicine has a dedicated psychologist to assist you. The provider is available every other Thursday between the hours of 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. To make direct arrangements during a different time, or off-campus, Dr. Zaher can be contacted directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (916) 969-0723.

Rethinking Drinking, is a service provided by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, which offers free resources in the form of interactive worksheets, tracking methods, and self-help materials. Please visit their webpage for more information:

For a more detailed description of alcohol’s negative impact on health, please review the following publication developed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism:

Local/Community Resources

Alcoholics Anonymous (24 hours)


Alcoholics Anonymous (Office)




Adolescent Chemical Dependency Program



Toll-Free Numbers

Alcohol Abuse 24-hour Assistance & Treatment


Alcohol Abuse & Crisis Intervention


Drug & Alcohol 24-hour Information, Assistance, & Referrals


Talk One2One – 24/7 Confidential Support for Students


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