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What you Need to Know About Alcohol and Other Drugs


Understanding the Policies here at Binghamton:

As outlined by the Binghamton University Code of Student Conduct, the University does not tolerate the unlawful use and/or abuse of alcohol or other drugs. In fact, the following items are all violations of the Code of Student Conduct.

1. Consumption, possession or purchase of alcoholic beverages by any person less
    than the minimum age allowed by law. Distribution of alcoholic beverages to
    anyone less than the minimum age allowed by law.

2. Possession of more than one case of beer (288 oz. or 24 12-oz. cans or bottles),
    two liters of wine and two liters of distilled spirits. Possession of bulk
     containers of alcohol.

3. Possession, personal use or purchasing of marijuana, controlled substances,
    prescription drugs prescribed to another person, illegal drugs; or possession of
    drug paraphernalia containing drug residue.

4. Distribution of controlled substances, prescription drugs prescribed to another
    person or illegal drugs.

5. Manufacture, sale, possession or use of altered or another person's documents,
    including those used for identification.

Understanding New York State Law:

    New York State Penal Laws regarding alcohol and Other Drugs

    New York State Laws regarding Alcohol and Vehicle and Traffic Laws

Understanding Federal Controlled Substance:

   Controlled Substances Act: Subchapter 1 - Control and Enforcement

Understanding the Health Effects: 

There are a number of short and long term effects associated with substance abuse. Some of the are listed below:


Short-Term Health Risks

Excessive alcohol use has immediate effects that increase the risk of many harmful health conditions. These are most often the result of binge drinking and include the following:

  • Injuries, such as motor vehicle crashes, falls, drownings and burns.
  • Violence, including homicide, suicide, sexual assault and intimate partner violence.
  • Alcohol poisoning, a medical emergency that results from high blood-alcohol levels.
  • Risky sexual behaviors, including unprotected sex or sex with multiple partners. These behaviors can result in unintended pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
  • Miscarriage and stillbirth or fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) among pregnant women.

Long-Term Health Risks

Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases and other serious problems including:

  • High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease and digestive problems.
  • Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver and colon.
  • Learning and memory problems, including dementia and poor school performance.
  • Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.
  • Social problems, including lost productivity, family problems and unemployment.
  • Alcohol dependence or alcoholism.

For more information on Alcohol, refer to the full CDC Fact Sheet.


 Short-term effects

 Marijuana overactivates parts of the brain that contain the highest number of receptors. This causes the "high" that users feel. Other effects include:

  • altered senses (for example, seeing brighter colors)
  • altered sense of time
  • changes in mood
  • impaired body movement
  • difficulty with thinking and problem-solving
  • impaired memory

Long-term effects

Marijuana also affects brain development. When marijuana users begin using as teenagers, the drug may reduce thinking, memory and learning functions and affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions.

Marijuana's effects on these abilities may last a long time or even be permanent.

For more information on Marijuana/Cannabis, refer to NIH DrugFacts: Marijuana.

Other Drugs

More information regarding other drugs is available by selecting "Used and Abused" on the navigation bar on the left of this page.



Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Programs and Services

The Binghamton University Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Programs and Services is available to provide support and assistance to students through a brief motivational interviewing model.



University Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center provides comprehensive clinical and referral services to Binghamton University’s undergraduate students, graduate students and affiliated entities. Our goal is to enhance the psychological well being of our students so they can take full advantage of the educational opportunities at the University.


Addiction Center for Broome County

The Addiction Center of Broome County  provides chemical dependency and integrated dual disorder treatment to individuals over 18 years of age. Services to individuals who have been affected by a loved one's substance abuse or dependence are also offered.


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New Horizons Drug and Alcohol

Crisis line/ Treatment

 New Horizons offers prompt access to services for people suffering from alcohol or drug-related problems. We offer confidential assessment service to assist the patient and/or referral agency in determining the presence and severity of alcohol or other psychoactive substance abuse or dependence. At the same time, we provide recommendation and referral to the appropriate level of care.

For appointments:



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Last Updated: 1/9/18