Mount Allison University supports and promotes responsible choices surrounding the consumption of alcohol and cannabis.
We want to reduce the harms associated with alcohol and other substance use so work to develop strategies, policies, and best practices surrounding harms reduction.
Find out more below about how to reduce your risk.
BRAVE SPACE — SAFE & SOBER
If you’re a student who struggles with alcohol or drugs and wants to stay sober, the Mawita’mkw Indigenous Gathering Space (WMSC Room 130) welcomes ALL students to Brave Space.
If you’re feeling lonely, need to have a chat, feel stressed out, or need a change of scenery, a diverse group of students will be at the centre during open hours. Coffee and snacks are available.
Our team at the Wellness Centre can also support you. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Tips for responsible drinking
- Eat before and while you are drinking
- Drink water in between alcoholic drinks
- Slow down — do not have more than two drinks in three hours
- Engage in other activities — playing pool, darts, dancing, etc. will naturally slow you down
- Set limits and stick to them
Keep it Social
Keep it Social (https://keepitsocial.ca/) is a student-led nationwide campaign that raises awareness around alcohol harms reduction, education and awareness.
Post-secondary Education Partnership — Alcohol Harms (PEP-AH)
PEP-AH (https://pepah.ca/home/) is a network of universities and colleges from across Canada that have partnered with the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction to support nation-wide campus efforts to reduce the harms related to alcohol consumption. Mount Allison University is part of this partnership.
- Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- Horizon Addictions and Mental Health Services
- Vitalité Mental Health and Addiction Services
- Gambling Hotline: 1-800-461-1234
- Alcoholics Anonymous: 1-506-388-7010
- Narcotics Anonymous: 1-888-436-2929
Cannabis became legalized in Canada on Oct. 17, 2018.
The Residence Life Code of Conduct and the Student Code of Conduct outline what is permitted on campus.
Cannabis, or marijuana, is a product of the cannabis plant. It contains approximately 400 different chemicals. One of the main active chemicals in cannabis is THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) which affects the brain most. THC is a mind-altering chemical that gives those who use cannabis a ‘high’. Another active chemical in cannabis is CBD (cannabidiol) which is presently being researched for medical purposes.
Potential health risks
- Problems with thinking, memory, or physical co-ordination
- Impaired perceptions or hallucinations
- Fatal and non-fatal injuries, including those from motor-vehicle accidents, due to impairment
- Mental health problems and cannabis dependence
- Chronic respiratory or lung problems
- Reproductive problems
(Extracted from Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines)
Tips to reduce harm
- Take it slow
- Choose lower THC products
- Avoid smoking burnt cannabis — choose safer methods
- Plan for a sober driver
- Avoid if you have a personal or family history of mental illness, especially schizophrenia, substance use disorder, and/or if you’re pregnant
- Postpone use until later years (25 years old and up)
- Not too much, not too often
- Stay hydrated (water or juice)
The following resources help educate on cannabis use with a harm-reduction approach and help in making informed decisions.
- Cannabis infographic and video — teenmentalhealth.org
- The Blunt Truth — Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines was developed for youth by youth — LRCUG, CAMH, NYAC, CRISM - LRCUG, CAMH, NYAC, CRISM
- Cannabis: Inhaling vs Ingesting [infographic] — Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
- 7 Things You Need to Know About Cannabis Extracts — Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
- Online screening tool — heretohelp.bc.ca
- Substance use workbook, you and substance use, stuff to think about and ways to make changes — heretohelp.bc.ca
- Cannabasics — information package from the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
- Cannabis Update Newsletter — Canadian Public Health Association
- Harm Reduction Strategy for Post-Secondary Institutions — AC umbrella project
- Knowing your limits with alcohol: A practical guide assessing your drinking — Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction