National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

Fall 2020

National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week is an opportunity for our community to reflect on and raise awareness of the significant impact alcohol use can have on us individually and within our community. This NCAAW, we are inviting our community to think critically about alcohol and other substance use as we head into Halloween and other celebrations ahead. Particularly as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to remind you that our actions matter more than ever. 

With the added variable of the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical to understand the severe impact that alcohol, other drugs, and social gatherings can have on our health and the health of others at this particular time. Substances lower inhibitions and impair judgment skills which can reduce our tendency to follow-through with the combination of needed prevention measures, particularly physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and practicing good hygiene. 

As you decide if and how you would like to celebrate this Halloween season, we urge you to remember to make smart choices that will support the well-being and safety of you and your community. We encourage you to review the County of San Diego guidelines for Halloween (or the county guidelines for which you currently reside in), the USD Student Code of Conduct, and Student Pledge as you choose how to engage with others this week. 


Let’s Make Smart Choices

Here are some things to keep in mind:

S – Set a limit if you choose to drink alcohol. Take care of your body and immune system in this current health crisis by choosing not to drink or reducing your intake of alcohol.

M – Make a plan that includes celebrating small (three households or less; the fewer individuals, the safer), and if you choose to drink, designating a sober driver, staying with friends, and alternating alcohol and non-alcohol drinks.

A – Act to help others if you notice situations that could be unhealthy or dangerous for another person.

R – Respect choices of peers to not drink or to drink in moderation and in carrying out COVID-19 prevention measures. You and your peers deserve respect for the choices you make to support well-being.

T – Talk to your friend if you are concerned about their high-risk drinking and/or behaviors. 


C – Care for your community by following COVID-19 prevention guidelines.

H – Handwashing – wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

O – Organize a virtual get together with friends to catch up and celebrate this holiday season. 

I – Isolate from others if you test positive for COVID-19 or are feeling sick. 

C – Cover your mouth and nose with a face mask.

E – Exercise caution and social distance. 

S – Slow the spread of COVID-19 by practicing these preventive measures. 

Check out this page for more helpful information and tips for safer choices if you do choose to drink.



Looking for fun and safe ways to celebrate this Halloween season? Check out our list below for ideas that are socially-distanced friendly. 

  • Have a Halloween themed movie night at home 
  • Bake some yummy fall treats 
  • Complete a pumpkin carving of your choice 
  • Host a virtual costume contest with friends near and far
  • “Ghost/Boo” someone: leave your neighbors or roommates a package of candies/sweets at their doorstep – leave it anonymously or with a fun note
  • Find a drive thru-theatre near you and enjoy an outdoor movie from the comfort of your own car

USD specific programs for NCAAW & Halloween Week

  • Virtual Trivia Night with the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion via Zoom – Thursday 10/29 8:00pm – 9:00pm – Register here!
  • Check out the graphic to the right for more USD sponsored events now through Halloween!