Negative Consequences

Negative consequences of alcohol and other drug use can mean different things to different people.

The question is: What unanticipated negative effects are you or those around you experiencing as a result of your alcohol and/or other drug use? Common negative consequences experienced by college students include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Hangovers.
  • Being late for class or missing class as a result of being hungover.
  • Getting sick or vomiting from too much drinking or drug use.
  • Being hurt or injured as a result of being too intoxicated or high.
  • Being hospitalized for alcohol and/or other drug use.
  • Blacking out or browning out.
  • Getting into verbal arguments or fights that you would not have participated in if you were sober.
  • Getting into physical fights due to alcohol or other drug use.
  • Damaging property while under the influence.
  • Having unprotected sex while under the influence.
  • Finding yourself in threatening or unsafe situations as a result of poor judgement while under the influence. 

Any Penn student struggling with the negative consequences of alcohol or other drug use can set up an appointment to talk with a counselor in the Office of Alcohol and Other Drugs. At First Step, students have the opportunity to talk openly and safely about the challenges involved, as well as the opportunity to develop a real-life action plan.