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H.E.R.O.E.S. aims to reduce the number of students who engage in high-risk drinking through education on responsible drinking.

Why It's Important

  • Drinking one night can impair the bodily functioning for up to three days, two nights of drinking can impair bodily functions up to five days. In an academic lifestyle, a whole week of concentration and focus can be sacrificed.
  • It's important to be able to identify the signs of alcohol poisoning and know how to respond.

What are the H.E.R.O.E.S. Doing?

We create a variety of workshops and presentations to inform students about how to stay safe at parties, what to do if someone has alcohol poisoning and many other tips about drinking responsibly. Our most notable outreach on this topic is the Alcohol Presentations that we give to all first-year students living on campus during their first day on campus. Through this outreach to first-year students at a critical time in their college career, we aim to make a positive difference in their experience with alcohol during their entire college career.


Bobcats for Recovery

Bobcats for Recovery Program is a new peer recovery program to UC Merced which helps those who have had an addiction recovery and where students can (if they choose) share their stories and get the help they need.

For more information contact Penny Paxton at

Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Students can utilize CAPS as a resource to talk to counselors about substance abuse (of themselves, roommates, friends, etc.), how to approach a situation where someone is using substances or get more information on other programs that can help with similar situations.

UC Merced Police Department

If you notice dangerous behavior and feel at risk, contact the police department at 209- 228-2677 (CAT-COPS).