Alcohol and Other Drugs

Most students make smart and safe choices about using alcohol and other drugs.

These safe choices mean that students don't experience negative academic, physical or social consequences. University Health Services staff work closely with Berkeley students, staff, faculty, and community partners on year-round services and initiatives that aim to reduce risk, consequences, and harm from the use of alcohol and other drugs.

Get Started:

Learn more about how you can create a campus alcohol and other drugs (AOD) culture that supports all who study, live, work & play in the campus area:

Risk Management & Harm Reduction

You can help center safety, well-being, and inclusion when you manage risks and reduce harm at student gatherings. Use our PartySafe toolkit and our timely PartySafe During Pandemic Briefs. Or become a PartySafe at Cal Peer Advocate. Check out our resources for Partygoers and Partythrowers > 

Emergency & Non-Emergency Interventions

Bookmark this page! Our list of resources includes contact information and tips to help you respond to emergency and non-emergency situations. Save the BearWalk number to your phone (510-642-9255) and use it next time you are out late. Learn more >

Living Substance Free

Don't assume everyone drinks! Uplift and support students who choose to live substance free - from housing to student organizations. Get more facts and resources about living substance-free at UC Berkeley.

Counseling & Support

UHS Social Services offers a range of confidential alcohol and other drug-related services, supporting a spectrum of harm reduction goals for individuals. There is no charge to get started, and all registered students can access services regardless of their insurance plan. Call for more information or to make an appointment today! Learn more >

Campus & Community Leadership

Engage with campus and community leaders to help shape and bring widespread awareness of campus AOD expectations, education, resources, and accountability. Learn about our efforts >

Our Goals

UC Berkeley students and staff are working together to create a campus alcohol and other drugs (AOD) culture (e.g. policies, practices, programming, public information, and staffing) that supports all who study, live, work & play in the campus area. We:

  • Put well-being, safety, harm reduction and equity at center of alcohol and other drug choices
  • Recognize and respect that many chose not to use alcohol and other drugs
  • Advocate for and support students in recovery as a vulnerable population with unique needs
  • Ask all users and social/retail providers to do so in mindful and low risk ways and situations
  • Support noticing problematic behaviors and situations and addressing them in timely, effective and compassionate ways.
  • Consistently and compassionately hold students accountable for campus alcohol and other drug policies.


Drug Facts & Resources

Campus Responsible Bystander & CA Good Samaritan Policies

  • UC Berkeley Responsible Bystander Policy:  Summary and Full policy
  • California’s 911 Good Samaritan Law (CA Civil Code Section 1714.22) protects you from arrest, charge, and prosecution when you call 911 at the scene of a suspected drug overdose. Nobody at the scene should be charged for personal amounts of drugs or paraphernalia. This law does not protect you if:

    • You are on parole/probation; it is likely still a violation

    • You have more drugs than “possession for personal use”; it is still illegal to have any amount that would suggest trafficking or sales

    • You “obstruct medical or law enforcement personnel”; it is still important to not intervene with the activities of police or emergency personnel.

Disclaimer: The information provided on these pages is not intended to diagnose, treat or provide a second opinion on any health problem or disease. It is meant to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between an individual and his/her clinician.

In Case of Emergencies

Contact Us

For any questions about the UHS Alcohol and Other Drugs program, please contact Karen Hughes, MPH, at or 510-643-9073.

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