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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 20 to 30 minutes to complete, is self-guided, and requires no face-to-face contact time with a counselor or administrator. This is not meant to be a formal self-assessment or diagnosis of whether or not you have a drinking problem. Instead this tool will increase your alcohol knowledge and your awareness about your own behaviors and the choices you make.

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 in a moderately quiet space
  2. Internet access
  3. A JavaScript enabled Internet Browser
  4. About 20-30 minutes to complete
  5. A printer (to print the feedback)

Click here to access e-CHUG.

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Beer Free Zone


The Zone gives you a ton of ideas and information on how to be safe while drinking, how to have fun without drinking, and how to handle peer pressure to drink. Explore all the different topics.

Access the Beer Free Zone here

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Cool Links


Below is a list of some very cool interactive websites that use videos, music, graphic images, and personal testimonies to describe the gross, bad, and ugly facts of alcohol use.

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Party Safety 101


  1. Know who is at your party. Be careful about letting friends of friends of friends into your home. At some point this friend of a friend of a friend is really a stranger.
  2. If you're serving alcohol make sure that everyone at your party is over 21. Saying that you were keeping minors away from the alcohol doesn't work. You can still get busted for serving them. How do you make this happen? Card people at the door. Don't take their word for it.
  3. Keep your neighbors happy by keeping down the noise. Too much noise usually means that you may find the police knocking on your door.
  4. If you really care about your friends make sure that if a group drives in together that one of them is a designated driver. Yeah this can be sort of a drag but so is going to your friend's funeral.
  5. According to Illinois' Social Host Law you can be held financially responsible for damages to property and people. So have fun but don't let things get out of control.
  6. Keep an eye on how much people are drinking. If a friend is at a point where s/he is losing control it's time to step in and cut them off. Why? Usually when people start losing control it only gets worse and this is the point in time where they end up hurting themselves, hurting someone else, or getting hurt by a so called friend.
  7. Let your friends know that it's okay if they don't want to drink. Have some non-alcoholic alternatives on hand like fruit juice or pop. This also gives partiers an alternative to switch to when they've had too much to drink.
  8. Instead of using the huge 22 ounce plastic cups help your friends stay in control by using the smaller 12 ounce cups.
  9. Don't forget to have some snacks on hand. Eating won't keep your guests from getting drunk but it will slow down how quickly alcohol is absorbed into their system.
  10. Steer clear of having drinking games at your party. Why? Because partiers get so caught up in the competition they drink way more than they normally would. When that happens binge drinking, alcohol poisoning, and an out of control party are just around the corner.

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Drinking problem? Or concerned about someone else? Here's help.


Campus and community referral sources:

UIC Counseling Services
1600 W. Harrison St. suite 2010 Chicago, IL 60607 312-996-3490

UIC In-Touch Hotline
(6pm - 10:30pm) 312-996-5535

UIC Family Medicine
722 W. Maxwell St. suite 235 Outpatient Care Center (OCC) 312-996-2901

UIC Wellness Center
750 S. Halsted St. suite 238 Chicago, IL 60607 312-413-2120

Chicago Alcoholics Anonymous
180 N Wabash Ave, Ste 305 Chicago, IL 60601 312-346-1475

 

For a complete listing of resources, access the University and Community Resources for Alcohol and Other Drug Services.

 

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Workshop: This Round's On Us


If you're a UIC student or staff with a class, student / Greek organization, or residence hall and want a free training on alcohol facts and responsible drinking, just call the Wellness Center. We ask that you fill out a workshop request form and book your session at least three weeks in advance. Click here for more information.

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Events


National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week & Lollanobooza

Monday October 19 - Friday October 23th 2009
This event promotes responsible drinking, stresses personal responsibility, provides practical safety tips, and positive choices students can make to protect themselves and their friends.
Check out the Calendar of Events for a full listing of events.
For a list of Wellness Center events, go to Services.

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UIC Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Policy


Click here to access the AOD Policy

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