About Us


The UCSB Alcohol & Drug Program strives to create a safe, healthy, and learning-conducive environment through the promotion of healthy choices concerning the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. The program emphasizes the elimination of harmful use, high-risk behavior, and related violence.

Comprehensive Program

UCSB’s Alcohol & Drug Program uses a comprehensive research-based approach to prevention on campus and in the surrounding community. UCSB’s efforts to reduce high-risk drinking and drug use among students include strategies such as education, early intervention and referral, changes to the environment on campus and in Isla Vista, and strict policies and enforcement. The Alcohol& Drug Program works in partnership with many campus departments, students, and the community to promote a healthy and safe campus environment. Using science and evaluation-based prevention models, the Alcohol and Other Drug Work Group and Taskforce make recommendations for all program, policy, and enforcement issues related to alcohol and other drugs. This comprehensive effort works to reduce high-risk drinking by:

  • Educating students about responsible alcohol use.
  • Providing early intervention and confidential counseling for those who need help.
  • Altering the environment to limit access to alcohol by underage students and providing alcohol-free social options.
  • Ensuring compliance with substance abuse policies and laws, and consequences for policy violation.