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Division of Student Affairs


Alcohol and Drug Program


Alcohol and drug use and abuse pose risks to the health, safety and educational/occupational experience of our students and staff. The negative impact of student alcohol/drug abuse is often felt in the broader community through noise, vandalism, vehicle crashes and use of community resources such as police and paramedics. Through our alcohol and drug programs we seek to reduce and prevent problems associated with alcohol and other drug use by students of UW Tacoma.

The alcohol and drug program is housed within the Student Health and Wellness department in the division of Student & Enrollment Services. It serves as a resource to the UW Tacoma community for alcohol and drug related programming. Our services include alcohol and drug education presentations, policy and program coordination, community outreach, resource development and research.

E-CHUG (On-line self assessment)

The Electronic CHeck-Up to Go (E-CHUG) is a new self assessment tool, available for students to examine their own alcohol use. The program also provides instant feedback regarding how your drinking behavior compares to other UW Tacoma students. This unique program is sponsored by the Washington State College Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention. Ready to check it out for yourself? Click here for E-CHUG.

The Dangers of Drinking and Driving

Driving involves multiple tasks, the demands of which can change continually. To drive safely, one must maintain alertness, make decisions based on ever-changing information present in the environment, and execute maneuvers based on these decisions. Drinking alcohol impairs a wide range of skills necessary for carrying out these tasks. This Alcohol Alert examines alcohol impairment of driving skills and describes some factors that increase motor vehicle crash risk.

Annual Deaths

According to National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking and driving claims more than 15,000 lives annually.

Too Drunk to Drive

Blood alcohol concentration (BAC)

The proportion of alcohol to blood in the body is expressed as the blood alcohol concentration (BAC). In the field of traffic safety, BAC is expressed as the percentage of alcohol in deciliters of blood--for example, 0.10 percent (i.e., 0.10 grams per deciliter). A 160-pound man will have a BAC of approximately 0.04 percent 1 hour after consuming two 12-ounce beers or two other standard drinks on an empty stomach.

All State laws stipulate driver BAC limits, which now vary by State. According to these laws, operating a vehicle while having a BAC over the given limit is illegal. The BAC limit for drivers age 21 and older in most States is 0.10 percent, although some States have reduced the limit to 0.08 percent.

The many skills involved in driving are not all impaired at the same BAC's. For example, a driver's ability to divide attention between two or more sources of visual information can be impaired by BAC's of 0.02 percent or lower. However, it is not until BAC's of 0.05 percent or more are reached that impairment occurs consistently in eye movements, glare resistance, visual perception, reaction time, certain types of steering tasks, information processing, and other aspects of psychomotor performance.

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