Making Healthy Choices – College Students & Alcohol

The Higher Education Committee of Ozarks Fighting Back shares tips and resources to help college students explore alternatives and make healthy choices about alcohol use. If you interested in becoming involved with the prevention of underage drinking and more, please contact Emily Buckmaster at


Wellness & Managing Stress

Use these health and wellness tips for college students to keep your mind and body healthy now, with wellness practices that can offer a lifetime of value.

Health & Wellness Guide for Busy College Students

Ways to Get & Stay Active on Campus

Responses & Excuses for Not Drinking

From college parties to simple get-togethers with friends, these tips can help you navigate any situation.

Manage Social Pressures to Drink in College

8 Ways to Turn Down Alcohol if You Aren’t Drinking

Thinking of trying Dry January?

Alcohol-Free Drink Options

Whether it’s what to order while out or what to bring to the next get-together, this list has you covered with tons of alcohol-free drink options, including some Springfield favorites! 

23 Non-Alcoholic Drinks You Can Order

9 Alcohol-Free Drinks that are Probably Better than What Everyone’s Drinking at the Party

10 of the Best Flavored Water Brands

International Market Drinks

Best Bottled Iced Tea 

Springfield’s Best Coffee Shops

Top Bubble Tea 

Best Places to get a Smoothie

Top Milkshakes


Responsible Drinking

As of December 2021, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) estimates the above annual statistics related to drinking. For college students of legal age who choose to drink, it is important to learn how to drink responsibly and recognize problematic drinking.

Interactive Body, Calculators, and Myths from College Drinking: Change the Culture

15 Tips for Low Risk Drinking in Your Everyday Life


Activities, Hobbies & More

There is no shortage of things to do on campus, in Springfield, and beyond. Use these resources to help you find activities, hobbies, and things to do on campus. 

Indoor, Outdoor & Beyond SGF Activities

Visitor Center’s Extensive Lists of Events & Attractions

31 Things to Do in College Besides Party

Campus Activities



There are several benefits gained from volunteering. Among them are the chance to improve your mental health and well-being!

Search Volunteer Activities on Givepulse

Featured Opportunity: De-stress with Pets – Volunteer at the Humane Society!


Campus Counseling Resources

Campus counseling centers promote students’ personal development and psychological well-being. Services are provided for students with a variety of personal, social and life-planning concerns.


Baptist Bible College


Missouri State


University of Missouri – Springfield Clinical Campus



Nationwide Assistance & Resources

Alcohol Assistance



Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Online Treatment Locator and Helpline

Emergency Contact Information:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7 Hotline or Chat)

988 (3 Digit Number to call)

OR 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

(Spanish and other languages) 1-888-628-9454

(TTY Hearing Imparied) Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988

Crisis Text Line

Text “MHFA” to 74174 to speak with a compassionate, trained crisis counselor, a volunteer who has been trained to help with problem-solving and will address the caller’s situation.