Welcome to the Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO at Amherst College


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Dear new student,

I want to extend my personal welcome to our campus community. The path from orientation in the fall to graduation in a few short years will be filled with the excitement of new relationships, new learning, new opportunities and new responsibilities.

Your first few months in college will present you with important choices that can impact your success; including if or how you choose to use alcohol and other substances. To increase your self-awareness and preparation to make these choices, all entering students are expected to complete the alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO online program before arriving on campus on September 1, 2015.

eCHECKUP TO GO is a quick, personalized and confidential self-assessment that will provide you with information on alcohol and harm reduction strategies that students often find helpful as well as feedback on your own alcohol risk factors. The information you provide is anonymous and will only be available to you. Your identifying information is only used to verify completion of the program.

Being safe, healthy and successful at Amherst College requires that you are able to thoughtfully monitor drinking patterns, identify significant risk factors, and be familiar with the resources and help available on campus to prevent the serious problems that are correlated with the misuse of alcohol. We want you to be prepared to be aware of your surroundings, make wise decisions for yourself, and help all of us make this community a safe and caring place.

But I don’t drink alcohol! What value is this program to me?

Many of our students do not drink and you can have a fun and satisfying college experience without alcohol. And student health data indicates that the majority of those who do drink alcohol do so in moderation. However, you may know someone–a classmate, friend, or family member–whose drinking causes you concern. eCHECKUP TO GO will help you identify key risk factors and see specific patterns that can lead to dangerous and destructive drinking. You will also learn about the resources available on campus that can help you, or help you to help a friend. Students who wish to speak with someone confidentially about concerns about their own or someone else’s alcohol use are encouraged to consult with staff at the Counseling Center 413 542-2354. Please be aware that there are a few questions about sexual assault that some students may find triggering. The Counseling Center is also available support around these issues. For additional information on sexual assault, refer to the college's Sexual Respect website www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/sexual_respect.

Taking care of ourselves and each other are actions we know strengthen and bring vitality to our community. Thank you for completing this online program and for your commitment to becoming a knowledgeable, compassionate and constructive member of our campus community.

My sincere best wishes for your success.


Denise McGoldrick, M.S., MCHES
Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Health Education
Chair, Alcohol and other Drug Task Force


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