Health Topics

Alcohol & Other Drugs


Do you think movies with party scenes paint the true picture of all college students? Think again. Most students are smart when it comes to their choices about alcohol. The majority of USF first-year students do not drink at all and over a quarter of them have never drank alcohol.


Hookahs are used to smoke specially-made flavored tobacco and that may appear enticing to you. It is typically a social activity and most people assume it is less risky than smoking cigarettes, but that is incorrect.

Prescription Drugs

Most people take medications responsibly and as prescribed. When misused, abused, or taken by someone other than the patient for whom the medication was prescribed, these drugs can produce serious adverse health effects, including addiction and death.


In the news and on campus, there is discussion and debate about marijuana use. While marijuana may not be as addictive as tobacco and other drugs, some pot smokers develop a dependence that negatively impacts their lives. Over half of USF students have never used marijuana and over a quarter feel there is great risk of smoking marijuana regularly.


Quitting tobacco greatly increases your quality of life, saves money, and decreases your risk for health problems. For help on campus, visit Student Health Services. To make an appointment, call 813-974-2331 or find their website in the links.