Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention

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High-risk alcohol use among students on college campuses remains a cause for concern. As such, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to an environmental management approach that integrates programs, policies and education for students.

No matter your role, you can help. Faculty, staff, parents and peers can influence alcohol use. Please use our Alcohol Messaging Guidelines.


  • Husker Homegating — Get tips for how to celebrate game day safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • ScreenU Alcohol or ScreenU Marijuana or ScreenU Prescription Drugs — Each is a confidential, brief, web-based method that administers screening, brief intervention, and referral to college students. ScreenU  identifies students who may be misusing alcohol, marijuana, or prescription drugs and provides feedback and strategies to reduce their risk for experiencing negative consequences. 
  • E-cigarette Products: Sept. 6, 2019 — Outbreak of Lung Illness Associated with Using E-cigarette Products. "CDC, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) use. This investigation is ongoing and has not identified a cause, but all reported cases have a history of using e-cigarette products. Learn more here.  If you do use e-cigarette products and you experience symptoms like those reported in this outbreak, seek medical care promptly."

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Resources — A comprehensive list of campus resources for students concerned or struggling with alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. 
  • Know the Norms — Social norms messages based on facts about students at Nebraska
  • The Husker Playbook — Game day related alcohol messaging
  • Laws You Should Know — Relevant laws students should know and potential violation consequences
  • Make the Call - No MIP — Information and resources about Nebraska's Good Samaritan Law that encourages minors to call 911 when they suspect an alcohol overdose without fear of receiving an MIP (minor in possession)
  • Planning a Party — Tips for students planning parties in neighborhoods
  • Power of Parenting — Conversation tips for parents to talk about alcohol with students
  • The Truth About College Parties — Real Nebraska students talk about what parties are like

Learn more about our Campus-Community Alcohol Partnership.

Know the Norms

Curious about what your peers think and do? Social norms provide agreed expectations and rules of behavior. Read on to learn about some of the norms for students at Nebraska. Click the image to view a downloadable PDF poster.

Alcohol isn't part of the college experience
Huskers lead by example
Peer pressure is awkward for everyone
Nebraska students want a safe and welcoming campus
Make new friends when you join a team
Keep the academic edge
Adjusting to college can be hard
Community services shows our commitment
Dangerous drinking is not the norm at Nebraska
Your future begins at Nebraska

The Husker Playbook

Review these key plays to see what steps you can take to reduce your risk on game day. Click the image to view a downloadable poster or download the bulletin board kit. View an 8.5x11 flier from the playbook.

Kickoff - Have a plan, be physically prepared and keep your cell phone charged.
Reverse - Walk away from parties that could lead to trouble.
3:4 Defense - Drink more water than other beverages.
Interception - Take action if you notice someone in need of assistance.
Offsides - Keep from going too far on social media.
Personal Foul - Avoid throwing up, public urination and vandalism.
Red Zone - Don't commit a foul. Be sure consent is in your playbook.
Halftime - Take a break and enjoy snacks.
Option Play - Know that you always have a choice on your next move.
Defense - De-escalate situations before they become a problem.
Pass Protection - Respect those around you and the host environment.
Huddle - Stay with the same group of friends all evening.
Take a Knee - Know when the evening needs to end.
Safety - Have a sober driver and know who to call if needed.

Planning a Party

Everyone loves a good party -- until it gets out of hand.

Everyone loves a good party -- until it gets out of hand. Get tips for planning your next event to avoid potential pitfalls and problems.

Power of Parenting

Research shows the critical influence parents can play in a student's successful transition to college life. Having conversations about alcohol promotes an honest and open relationship, but leading those conversations can be daunting for parents. The Power of Parenting website provides communication tips and information about the social culture on the Nebraska campus to best equip parents to talk to students.