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What is the e-CHUG?
The e-CHUG (electronic Check-Up to Go) is an interactive web survey that allows college and university students to enter information about their drinking patterns and receive feedback about their use of alcohol. The assessment takes about 6-7 minutes to complete, is self-guided, and requires no face-to-face contact time with a counselor or administrator.

What does it do?
When you access the e-CHUG, you are prompted to enter information about yourself. In addition to demographic information, it will ask you to enter information about your drinking habits, family history, and to complete the World Health Organization’s AUDIT.
After all information has been entered, you submit the form. The information you entered is then validated and processed. The e-CHUG calculates a number of variables and compares your responses to national and local college norms. Then, your personalized feedback is displayed in an easy-to-read format.

What do I need to use the e-CHUG?

You need:

  1. A computer
  2. Internet access
  3. A JavaScript enabled Internet Browser
  4. About 6-7 minutes
  5. A printer (to print the feedback)


What is BASICS?
BASICS stands for Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students. This program is offered free for UC Denver students who may want to explore their alcohol and drug use, but the goal of the program is to reduce risky behaviors and harmful consequences of alcohol abuse. The program is designed to assist students in examining their own behavior in a judgment-free environment.

BASICS IS NOT a "Just Say No" or abstinence-only program. The BASICS facilitator will provide objective feedback, based on an interview and questionnaires filled out by the student, in order to encourage positive changes in drinking behavior. Essentially, BASICS will provide the information and guidance, but what a student chooses to do with it is entirely up to him/her.
BASICS is appropriate for anyone who uses alcohol in a high-risk manner, especially if you are concerned about your alcohol use and how it compares to other students. BASICS will provide you with an opportunity to assess your own risk and discuss potential changes that could work for you to help reduce the risk for developing future problems. While BASICS does touch on other drugs, its primary focus is alcohol.
Some students attend BASICS to fulfill a court order as a result of an alcohol-related offense, while others come because they have concerns about their alcohol use.
The BASICS sessions are entirely confidential, and we will not disclose any information from the sessions to anyone without the student's permission.
If a student choose to participate in BASICS to complete a university or court ordered requirement, we can provide documentation of program completion if a student signs a release of information form. We will not release any assessment results or personal information shared during the BASICS appointment.
BASICS facilitators are not licensed counselors. They have backgrounds in health education or student development and training in alcohol assessment and feedback. Assessment is done for educational purposes only. If a student requires a definite diagnosis or treatment for clinical issues, we refer them to Student and Community Counseling Center on Campus.

Read more about BASICS
BASICS is administered by the Staff of the Community Standards and Wellness Office. All BASICS sessions are one-on-one with a facilitator and the student. It takes two sessions, typically one week apart, to complete the BASICS program.
Session I takes approximately 60-75 minutes. During this session, students meet their facilitator, are oriented to the program, answer interview questions, and complete a questionnaire packet
Between sessions, students complete the online alcohol education program e-CHUG.
Session II takes approximately 45-90 minutes. Students receive a personalized feedback profile that is based on the information obtained from interviews and questionnaires completed during the first session. Students review the feedback profile with the facilitator and, if appropriate, identify potential changes that could work to help reduce their risk for developing future alcohol-related problems. ​

Alcohol Facts

Standard Drink
"A Drink" is:
12 ounces of beer, or
5 ounces of wine, or
1.5 ounces of hard liquor

Your BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is the percentage of your blood volume that is alcohol. The more you drink, the more your BAC increases. As BAC increases, alcohol's effects become less pleasant and more dangerous. The rate at which a person's BAC rises varies depending on:

  • The number of drinks consumed (The more consumed, the higher the BAC
  • How quickly drinks are consumed (Alcohol consumed more quickly raises the BAC higher than when drinks are consumed over a longer period of time)
  • Your gender (Women generally have less water weight and more body fat per pound than men. Because alcohol doesn't go into fat cells as easily, more alcohol remains in a women's body.)
  • Your weight (More weight = more water; water dilutes alcohol and lowers the BAC)
  • Food in your stomach (Food slows down alcohol absorption. What's the best to eat? Protein! It takes the longest to digest)

Lowest Risk
It's always OK not to drink. If you're driving, pregnant, or have alcohol or other drug dependencies, it's the best choice.

Low Risk:
For men, no more than 2 drinks per day. For women, no more than 1 drink per day.

At Risk:
For men, more than 4 drinks a day or 14 drinks a week. For women, more than 3 drinks a day or 7 drinks a week.

Studies have shown that women or men who drink at the "at risk" level or higher are more likely to experience alcohol-related problems, such as:

  • Get nauseous or vomit
  • Experience a hangover
  • Do something they later regretted
  • Experience a memory loss
  • Miss a class
  • Perform poorly on an important exam or paper
  • Get into an argument or fight
  • Be hurt or injured
  • Be taken advantage of sexually or take advantage of someone else
  • Damage property
  • Make the choice to drive under the influence
  • Get in trouble with the authorities

If one thinks in terms of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), it's really not surprising that women and men who stick to the low-risk drinking guidelines experience fewer negative alcohol-related consequences than their peers who drink more.

Blood Alcohol Content Possible Effects

Blood Alcohol Content

Possible Effects

.02% to .04%

Lightheaded - Mildly relaxed, mood may be mildly intensified

.05% to .07%

Buzzed - Feel warm and relaxed, good moods are better and bad moods are worse, euphoria, may talk louder/act bolder than usual

.08% to .10%

Legally Impaired - May slur speech, balance/motor skills become impaired, sight/hearing ability clearly diminished, judgment/self-control impaired, may take poor/risky sexual choices.

.11% to .15%

Drunk - "High," balance very impaired, judgment, memory and motor skills impaired, may forget how many drinks you have had past this point, men may have trouble functioning sexually.

.16% to .19%

Very Drunk - Euphoria may give way to unpleasant feelings (depression), difficulty talking/walking/standing, sharp increase in chances of physically injuring yourself or others, may experience a blackout at this level or higher, nausea, dizzy, blurred vision.


Confusion and Disorientation - May need help to stand or walk; if you hurt yourself, you probably won't realize it because the alcohol has numbed your pain and your judgment is so impaired you might not do anything about it; nausea and vomiting common, getting very dangerous because gag reflex is impaired, so you could choke if you do throw up (especially if you black out).


Stupor - Likely to pass out involuntarily (as opposed to lower BAC's where you may decide to stop drinking and go to sleep); if pass out, may be difficult for others to wake you; possible to die from alcohol poisoning or choking on vomit at this level and higher


Equivalent to general anesthesia, breathing may stop.


Coma likely, breathing and heartbeat slowed to dangerous levels due to slowdown in nerve activity.

Alcohol and Calories
Although caloric information for drinks and brands varies, this information is based on averages for one drink.

Alcoholic Beverage


Regular Beer (12 oz.)


Light Beer (12 oz.)


Wine (5 oz.)


Kahlua Liqueur (1.5 oz.)


80 Proof Gin (1.5 oz.)


80 Proof Rum (1.5 oz.)


80 Proof Vodka (1.5 oz.)


80 Proof Whiskey (1.5 oz.)


Martini (4 oz.)


Daiquiri (6 oz.)


Whiskey sour (4 oz.)


Long Island Iced Tea (6 oz.)


Margarita (6 oz.)


Alcohol Poisoning and Drug Overdosing/What You Need to Know

  • The person is unconscious or semi-conscious and cannot be awakened.
  • The person's skin is cold or clammy and has pale or bluish color.
  • Slow breathing - less than eight breaths per minute or lapses between breaths of more than eight seconds.
  • Vomiting while "sleeping" or passed out, and not waking up after vomiting.
  • If a person has ANY of these symptoms, they need help! Call 911
  • Do not leave the person alone! Turn the person on her/his side to prevent choking in case of vomiting.
  • Get help. Your friend will not be angry because you care!
  • According to the law, you will NOT get in trouble for helping someone with alcohol poisoning. PLEASE, do not be afraid to help a friend or fellow student in need!

For more information about alcohol poisoning and what to do if someone you're with is in danger, visit

Additional Safety Concerns

Opening your home to uninvited guests is an open invitation to thieves as well. Purse snatchers and pickpockets find drunken persons to be easy targets.

It's dangerous to be in a mob. You could be trampled, assaulted, burned, or otherwise harmed, by accident or intentionally. Apartment balconies were not designed to hold the numbers of people who frequently crowd onto them. Standing or sitting on rooftops is extremely dangerous, especially when intoxicated.

Sexual Assault
Alcohol is involved in 90% of rapes and sexual assaults. It dulls your judgment and lessens your inhibitions. Crowds provide cover and reinforcement for unwanted groping, touching, and more serious forms of sexual assault.
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In plain English, Colorado law prohibits:

  • Persons under 21 years old from consuming, purchasing, or possessing alcoholic beverages
  • Giving or selling alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 years old
  • Having an open container of alcoholic beverage in a public place, regardless of your age.
  • Public places are those which anyone can enter freely and include sidewalks, streets, tree lawns, some outdoor areas of apartment complexes, and inside parked or moving cars.
  • Using false identification to obtain alcoholic beverages
  • Allowing underage persons to consume alcoholic beverages on your property
  • Punishment for these first-degree misdemeanors can be up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Underage Consumption, Purchasing or Possession of Alcohol

The legal drinking age in Colorado for consumption of an alcoholic beverage is 21. Purchasing, possessing or consuming alcohol prior to your 21st birthday is a first-degree misdemeanor. The maximum penalties associated with this offense are six months imprisonment or a $1,000 fine or both. A 20 year-old-student, therefore, risks being imprisoned and fined when he/she decides to drink alcohol at a party or elsewhere.

Providing Alcohol to an Underage Person

A person who furnishes alcohol to an underage person is guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor. The maximum penalty associated with this offense is six months imprisonment or $1,000 fine or both. A social host, therefore, risks being fined and imprisoned when he/she furnishes alcohol to a person who is not 21 years of age. Keep in mind that the bigger your party is, the more people there that you don't know, the greater the chance of getting caught and/or changed.

Fake ID

Possession or display of a fictitious operator's license is a first-degree misdemeanor. The offense includes mere possession of a fictitious license or display of someone else's valid operator's license. The maximum penalties for this offense are six months imprisonment or a $1,000 fine or both. Moreover, if the fictitious operator's license is utilized to purchase alcohol or enter an establishment that serves alcohol, the minimum fine must be at least $250 and the person displaying the fictitious operator's license may have his/her valid operator's license suspended for three years.

Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (OVI)

In Colorado, a person may not operate a motor vehicle if he/she is impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. The maximum penalty for operating a vehicle while under the influence is six months imprisonment (mandatory at least three days in jail) or a $1,000 fine (a mandatory minimum fine of $250) or both. Additionally, the operator must forfeit his/her driving privileges for six months. Driving under the influence is treated very seriously at University of Colorado. Driving under the influence not only risks the safety of the driver, but it also risks the safety of the community. Students charged with a DUI may result in suspension.

Open Container

It is illegal to possess in public an open container of an alcoholic beverage. Conviction of this offense carries a maximum penalty of a $150 fine. Consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle is a fourth-degree misdemeanor with maximum penalties of 30 days imprisonment or a $250 fine or both.

Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly conduct while intoxicated is a minor misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of a $150 fine. Disorderly conduct can be elevated to a fourth degree misdemeanor ( for example, if the person persists after a request to desist). Disorderly conduct occurs when one recklessly causes inconvenience, annoyance or alarm to another due to offensive conduct. Disorderly conduct also occurs when one makes unreasonable noise in such a manner as to violate the peace and quiet of the neighborhood or to be detrimental to the life and health of any individual.

Party Smart Tips

Here are some suggestion to reduce the chances you'll be hurt, arrested, or wildly embarrassed.
Protect your health and safety:

  • Obey laws.
  • If you're over 21 and choose to drink alcoholic beverages, keep your consumption moderate. (0 drinks if you're driving, 1 per hour sets the pace, no more than 3 per day.) For more information, see the Blood Alcohol Content Section.
  • If you're drinking, also eat food.
  • Avoid any party that you haven't specifically been invited to. Even with the best of intentions by hosts and guest alike, an "open house" kegger is a high risk situation.
  • Attend with a friend and look out for each other.
  • Leave your valuables at home. Carry only the ID and money you'll need that night.
  • If you choose to be sexually active, bring and use condoms and other latex barriers.
  • Keep track of bottle caps: ever lose track of how many drinks you've consumed? Each time you have a beer, stick the bottle cap or can tab in your pocket. That way you'll always know exactly how many drinks you've had.
  • Stay off all roofs and any balcony that's crowded.
  • Don't play with fire.
  • Don't argue with cops.
  • Remember drugs and alcohol don't mix - even over-the-counter and prescription drugs can be very dangerous when combined with alcohol.
  • Protect your reputation and be invited back.
  • Avoid behavior that might get your hosts in big trouble - such as sneaking an underage drink, carrying alcoholic drinks onto public property, throwing bottles, etc.
  • Treat your hosts, their home, and their other gusts with respect.
  • Clean up after yourself.
  • Obey requests from hosts to quiet down, leave, or stop drinking.
  • Bring a snack to share. Everyone appreciates an extra bag of chips.
  • Mingle, talk to new people - especially that shy one in the corner.

Tips for Party Hosts

Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Have stuff around that is not alcoholic. Pick up some water, Powerade, Coke, and juice.

Pretzels & Chips

Everybody likes pretzels and chips when they drink - and they're super cheap. Grab a couple bags. Not to mention, a full stomach slows the pace at which alcohol is absorbed.

Toilet Paper

Ask most party-goers - the host never has enough toilet paper. Always keep a ton of toilet paper around.

Cleaning Supplies

No one wants to stick to their own floor when they are walking around the day after a party. Pick up some Fantastick for stains, and some general cleaning supplies like a broom, a bucket, a mop, extra trash bags, and air fresheners.

Party Checklist

  • Know the people at your party The more people you don't know at your party, the greater potential for bad things to happen. Fights, theft, and people getting hurt or in trouble happen more often when you don't know who's at your party. Keeping the size of your party small and putting up fences cuts down on the number of randoms who will come into your party and steal your DVD's and remote control.
  • Know the Law
  • Familiarize yourself with the Colorado State Alcohol Laws to keep you and your partygoers safe.
  • Respect your neighbors, respect your landlord, and know your lease regulations.
  • There are at least two reasons why you do not want to be the inconsiderate neighbor. First, people like to get that guy in trouble. Second, if you're not home and your neighbor sees someone hit your car or walk out of your house with your TV, they are more likely to help you if they know you and like you.
  • Be Considerate
  • Clean up what you mess up, and keep the noise level reasonable.
  • Have at least one person there who is not drinking. If you and your friends are set on having a crazy night, it only makes sense to have someone there with their wits about them. Let this person be the one who drives you to Taco Bell at 2:00 a.m., or calls the police if something happens, and makes sure that no one is getting dangerously drunk.
  • Drink water along with and in between alcoholic drinks, and down a couple more glasses of water before you go to bed. It re-hydrates your body and cuts back on the risk of a hangover so you're not miserable during the game, or class, or work, etc.
  • Provide Options and limit alcohol, and serve non-alcoholic beverages in addition to any alcohol. Additionally, provide food, and use cans or plastic bottles, but not glass bottles.

Special note to women
The reality is that women end up with higher levels of alcohol in their blood causing higher rates of impairment than guys after drinking the same amount of alcohol. The more a woman drinks, the higher her risk of sexual assault. Have a plan to keep yourself sober and/or safe.

The Party Smart Kit
This kit of materials is available to party hosts at no charge. It contains:

  • A Party Smart information booklet
  • A Party Smart T-shirt
  • 2 Condoms
  • 2 Trash Bags
  • Alcohol Brochures


Thinking of quitting smoking or chewing? Want to help someone else who is thinking of quitting smoking or chewing? We have resources that can help! Stop in or give us a call. You can simply pick up a quit kit filled with information to help guide you or you can meet with someone one-on-one to make a quit plan.​


Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States. A dry shredded green/brown mix of flowers, stems seeds, and leaves of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa, it usually is smoked as a cigarette (joint, nail) or in a pipe (bong). It also is smoked in blunts, which are cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and refilled with marijuana, often in combination with another drug. It might also be mixed in food or brewed as tea. As a more black liquid, hash oil. Marijuana smoke has a pungent and distinctive, usually sweet-andsour odor. There are countless street terms for marijuana including pot, herb, weed, grass, widow, ganja, and hash, as well as terms derived from trademarked varieties of cannabis, such as Bubble Gum, Northern Lights, Fruity Juice, Afghani #1, and a number of Skunk varieties. The main active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). The membranes of certain nerve cells in the brain contain protein receptors that bind to THC> Once securely in place, THC kicks off a series of cellular reactions that ultimately lead to the high that users experience when they smoke marijuana.

Side effects of marijuana use vary and include trouble remembering things, sleeplessness, anxiety, paranoia and an altered perception of time. Physical symptoms of marijuana use include:

  • Tremors (shaking)
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Worsening coordination
  • Breathing problems
  • Increased appetite
  • Reduced blood flow to the brain
  • Changes in the reproductive organs.


What is the e-TOKE
The e-TOKE (electronic THC Online Knowledge Experience) is an interactive web survey that is a brief marijuana-specific assessment and feedback tool. It provides students at colleges and universities insight into marijuana use using personalized information about their behaviors and risk factors. The assessment takes about 10-15 minutes and is self-guided making it quick, confidential, and flexible to the student's free time and location.

What does it do?
The e-TOKE first asks for basic demographic information followed by typical pattern of use time and money patterns, health related questions, and brief sections on alcohol and cigarette use. Once all information is entered e-TOKE will provide statistics and visuals for each set of questions. This includes short written summaries as well as graphs and statistical comparisons. All results are presented in a printable, easy-to-read format using tabs at the top of the page to move from section to section. Finally, there is an additional resource tab for students with further questions or concerns including contacts for student wellness, counseling and consultation services, and student health services. The e-TOKE also comes with a printable certificate for any required proof of completion.

What do I need to use the e-TOKE?

You need:

  • A computer
  • Internet access
  • A JavaScript enabled Internet Browser
  • About 10-15 minutes
  • A printer (to print the feedback)



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