Drugs and Alcohol

Students on the Drugs and Alcohol team posing on a Zoom call

Health Promotion Drugs and Alcohol Team 2020-2021

Alcohol and drug use on university campuses is a common reality for many students that can impact their social environment as well as their academic success. The Health Promotion team adopts a peer to peer education method to talk to students on campus about how to drink responsibly (if they choose to do so), safer partying tips and tricks, the effects of alcohol and drugs on one’s health and much more.

For more information on Drugs & Alcohol, email us at healthpromo@uottawa.ca.

COVID-19 and Substance Use

  • If alcohol is your ‘go-to’ treat to relax, find non-alcohol alternatives such as chocolate, a hot bath, playing video games or anything else that helps you unwind.
  • Test your knowledge about alcohol consumption by taking this short quiz
  • Concerned about your own drinking or someone else's? Follow this short and informative guide to assess your drinking


Ways to relax without alcohol:
  • Read a book
  • Take a bath
  • Go for a walk outside
  • Practice any exercise you enjoy
  • Meditate


Ways to have fun on a sober night during COVID-19:
  • Listen to music or create your own
  • Do some gardening
  • Pamper yourself
  • Do some spring cleaning
Tips if you use substances (i.e. alcohol, cannabis, or other drugs): 
  • Monitor your use
  • Follow the Canadian Low Risk Guidelines for either alcohol or cannabis
  • Avoid stockpiling substances
  • Reach out for help if you feel your use is becoming a problem

Drugs and Alcohol Resources

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH): Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health.

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse: CCSA works with its partners to address issues related to substance use and addiction that affect the health and safety of Canadians.

Always taking care (LCBO): Whether you’re hosting or out with friends, there are simple ways to make moderation part of your night. We’ve gathered them for you, all in one convenient place.

Ontario Cannabis Store FAQ: This is where you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions about cannabis.


  • Drinks Meter: This app offers anonymous, objective feedback on your alcohol use.
  • Saying When – a CAMH app : If you want to take charge of how much you drink, or when you drink, Saying When is a successful program that provides step-by-step directions that can help. (English only)
  • ConnexOntario: A drug and alcohol helpline that provides free and confidential information about addiction services in Ontario.
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