Alcohol and other drugs
Consequences of underage drinking include:
- School problems, such as higher absence and poor grades.
- Social problems, such as fighting and lack of participation in group activities.
- Legal problems, such as arrest for driving or physically hurting someone while drunk.
- Physical problems, such as illness or injury while drunk.
- Unwanted, unplanned and unprotected sexual activity.
- Abuse of other drugs.
- Death from alcohol poisoning.
How do I help an intoxicated friend?
- If you have any doubt about a student's safety, you need to err on the side of caution and call 911. (Don't forget to read CCU's Policy on Medical Amnesty)
- Remember, an intoxicated friend is not rational. Alcohol has affected judgment and you cannot reason with him/her.
- Avoid being confrontational and aggressive. Try to stay calm and quiet.
- If a person becomes violent or uncooperative, your first priority is your own safety and the safety of those around you. Call for assistance.
- If a person is very intoxicated and staggering, vomiting, or passing out, he/she may need emergency care.
- Remember PUBS to determine if the situation is an emergency.
• Puking while passed out.
• Unresponsive to stimulation (pinch or shaking)
• Breathing (slow, shallow or no breathing)
• Skin (blue or clammy)
- If even ONE of these signs is present, call 911 immediately!
What should I do if I think a friend may be overdosing?
An overdose is when someone takes too much of a drug or medication, causing serious, harmful symptoms or even death. Most overdose deaths are caused by people abusing prescription opioids.
If you think you or someone else has overdosed on a drug, you should always call 911 immediately.
Need more reasons to consider avoiding alcohol and other drugs?
Read one college student's experience here.