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Alcohol & Substance Abuse

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Culture and society say alcohol and drug use is essential to the college experience, and encouragement to use them is built into your everyday college lives. Music, TV, and pop culture in general encourage substance use. While the messaging is light and fun you don’t hear how alcohol and drugs have the potential to negatively impact your ability to succeed or accomplish goals.

Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol poisoning is a result of drinking large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time; the consequence can be dangerous and potentially deadly. Never leave an unconscious person alone, be aware if symptoms increase in severity, and don’t be afraid to call for medical help.

Symptoms Include:

  • Confusion, stupor
  • Passing out/Loss of consciousness and can’t be roused
  • Vomiting
  • Slow/Irregular breathing (less than 8 breaths a minute, or a gap of more than 10 seconds between breaths)
  • Low body temperature
  • Blue-tinged skin
  • Seizures

Not all of the symptoms need to be present for action to be needed. If you believe someone may have alcohol poisoning and needs help call 911 or poison control, 1-800-222-1222.

Recommendations to Avoid Alcohol and Substance Abuse

  • Increase knowledge on how substances impact the body and mind.
  • Avoid drinking or using substances when you’re stressed out or upset.
  • If you do drink, limit your alcohol intake to avoid high-risk drinking.
  • Moderate alcohol intake is two or less drinks per day for men and one or less for women. One drink is defined as a 12-ounce bottle of beer, or a five-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of liquor.

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Last Updated: 12/5/16