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Wellness Promotion

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Information

Contact Wellness Promotion  

Wellness Promotion

Commonwealth Hall, Ground Floor

Mailing Address:
Student Health Services
715 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2509
Fax: 610-436-3148
Email: SHS does not use email for sharing confidential information. Do not email providers directly.
Use this email for general questions only. Call 610-436-2509 with specific questions.

Why make an appointment with one of our staff?

  • Free, confidential conversations about alcohol or other drug use. No judgment.
  • Help with quitting tobacco or nicotine use (smoking, vaping or chewing)
  • Talk about a friend if you are concerned about their alcohol or drug use.

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Information

Online Alcohol Education for New Students

 The Think About It online alcohol and sexual assault prevention module is required for all new students under the age of 21.

  • The link to the Think About It program is here.
  • Use your WCU login and password.
  • If you have technical problems with the online program, call the program administrator (Campus Clarity) at 800-652-9546. Firefox and Google Chrome seem to be the best web-browsers to use.
  • If you completed a similar program at another school, it is your responsibility to get the verification and email it to: Office of Wellness Promotion

Alcohol and Marijuana Use Feedback Tools

eCHECKUP Alcohol

Do you drink alcohol? How many calories do you typically drink in a week? How much money do you spend in a month? How does your alcohol use compare to other WCU students and students in the US?

Take 8 minutes to get personal, confidential feedback about alcohol use with the eCHECKUP Alcohol. Want to talk about the results? Call a member of our Alcohol Education Staff and set up a time to talk

eCheckup To Go - Alcohol

Alcohol: The Survey

Start the alcohol survey below. Read the questions carefully and remember:

  • Accurate responses in = Accurate feedback out
  • Garbage in = Garbage out


Alcohol Use: The Survey

eCHECKUP Marijuana

Do you smoke marijuana? How much money do you spend in a month? How does your use compare to other WCU students and students in the US?

Take 5 minutes to do the eCHECKUP TO GO: Marijuana and get personal, confidential feedback about marijuana use. Want to talk about the results? Call a member of our Alcohol Education Staff and set up a time to talk.

eCheckup To Go - Marijuana

Alcohol Education Workshops

Use the following form to register for a workshop:

Please keep in mind that this is one half of your requirement. You will also be required to have a one-on-one follow-up with a provider. The follow-up will be scheduled at the end of your workshop.

If you need to complete a workshop because of a deadline and there are no dates that work with your schedule, you may substitute with a 1:1 appointment for BASICS.

To schedule for BASICS, see below.

BASICS: Balancing Alcohol and Substances to Improve College Success

Balancing Alcohol and Substances to Improve College Success (BASICS)

✔ Confidential
✔ No judgment

  • BASICS is an individual, confidential conversation (usually 2 sessions) with a member of the Alcohol and Drug Education staff.
  • The conversation includes: typical alcohol/cannabis/drug use, information about alcohol/other drugs, self-evaluation of use, how your use compares to other students.
  • BASICS will help you evaluate alcohol/cannabis/drug use in relation to life goals, health, and safety.
  • BASICS is open to any student who wants to discuss alcohol or drug use, as well as students referred due to a WCU Conduct sanction*

*BASICS does not fulfill requirements for a DUI evaluation or class.


How do I schedule a BASICS appointment?

Call Student Health Services at 610-436-2509 and request an appointment with a BASICS provider, and have your schedule readily available. There is often a 1-2 week wait, so schedule as soon as you are able. Holds will not be removed until you attend your BASICS session in-person.

What do I need for BASICS?

  • Allow for one hour for your appointment.
  • You will receive an email reminder to your WCU email the night prior to your appointment.
  • Any cancellations must be 24 hours in advance; there is a late cancellation/no-show fee of $10.
  • If you are more than 10 minutes late for your session, you will be asked to reschedule.
  • LOCATION: Student Health Services, Commonwealth Hall, Ground Floor.
  • Check-in at the desk when you arrive.
  • There is a $12 visit fee for the appointment, as with all health center visits.

Comments from Students who have Attended BASICS 

  • "My Basics instructor helped me out a lot and I think everyone should go through this training during their first year."
  • "The BASICS program was very informative and extremely well structured. I would recommend it to students even if they received no citation."
  • "Helpful to be able to talk about issues in a closed environment. Thanks."

Quitting Tobacco or Nicotine Use (Vaping)

I Quit!

Most people who are successful in quitting tobacco use do these things:

  1. Decide to Quit
  2. Set a Date
  3. Make a Plan to learn new skills and behaviors (why do you smoke, and what will you do instead?)
  4. Get Medication and use it correctly (especially if you smoke >10 cigarettes a day and/or smoke within 30 minutes of waking up in the AM)

We are here to help!


  • Call Student Health Services (610-436-2509) to schedule an appointment with the Tobacco/Vaping Cessation Coordinator.

Free Apps for QUITTERS

  • QuitGuide: Prepare to quit smoking and get support for the days and weeks ahead as well as solutions to handle cravings. Share via Facebook or Twitter.
  • Craving to Quit: a 21 day mindfulness-based program with 2X the quit-rate as other programs!
  • Since iQuit: Track how long since you stopped smoking, and money saved.
  • Quit Smoking: Cessation Nation: Count the days you have quit, money saved, cigarettes not smoked, and get distracted if you have an urge.
  • Get Rich or Die Smoking: How much money do you spend on tobacco? What could you buy instead?

Web Resources

  • Become An Ex: Re-learn life without cigarettes/tobacco
  • Call the PA Department of Health 24-hour Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. Ask about FREE medication for quitting tobacco use for PA residents.
    • The TTY number for the PA Quitline is 877-777-6534.
  • For more information about a personal plan, visit
  • I QUIT! : What To Do When You're Sick of Smoking, Chewing, or Dipping.

Resources for Students

On Campus

  • Counseling & Psychological Services
  • RAM Recovery Student Organization: Check back fall 2018 for meeting times.

12-Step Meetings

There are many local meeting places and times. Times do change, so please call to confirm. Click the Find a Meeting link on the left and select a location and time.

If you would like to meet another student to attend with, please contact the ATOD staff through the Student Health Center.

Alcoholics Anonymous:

Narcotics Anonymous:

Evaluation and Treatment

If you would like assistance with your insurance or setting up an appointment, please contact the ATOD staff through the Student Health Center.

Al-Anon meetings

Meet others who live, or have lived, with the problem of alcohol abuse or alcoholism.

  • West Chester
    Calvary Lutheran Church
    Rosedale Ave. & New St.
    West Chester, PA
    Thursday mornings at 10:00am

For a complete list of locations, visit Sobriety Online and use the Find A Meeting search.

Drug Free Schools Act

Students receive an email in fall and spring semesters with information required by the Drug Free Schools Act. All resources are listed below.

Resources for Parents & Families

A guide for parents and family members looking for guidance about how to help a child who is using substances (or engaging in other risky behaviors).

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