What is substance abuse?

Substance abuse is defined as the uncontrolled or excessive use of a drug (including alcohol). Substance abuse can result in various health issues and social and financial consequences. 

The use of alcohol and other drugs has been a fact of the American way of life since our nation's beginning. Today, substance abuse represents a major problem in American colleges and universities. Indeed throughout history, alcohol in particular has been used as a resource of pleasure, and for some, the use of alcohol has been a source of problems.

Know the WSU Alcohol and Drug Policy

For more information about the alcohol and drug policies at Wichita State University, please go to the Student Conduct and Community Standards webpage and look at the student handbook. Information related to the Alcohol and Drug Policy use on campus is under "Prohibited Conduct". Here is a link to the full PDF of the Student Code of Conduct.

Learn more about keeping Shocker Nation safe on the roads.

Impaired and distracted driving can increase the risk of being involved in a vehicular accident. To learn more about how to practice safe driving, visit our Safe Driving page



Alcohol is an addictive substance that can cause alcohol dependence and addiction to those who consume it. Excessive and/or frequent alcohol consumption can lead to diseases, social, and economic troubles.


Marijuana and other substances can be addictive and the consumption of these drugs can result in social, economic, and health complications and difficulties. Learn more about the effects of drug abuse and consumption.


The Counseling and Psychological Services offers confidential counseling services. Learn more about counseling services or make an appointment.