Alcohol and Other Drugs - Coastal Carolina University
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Alcohol and Drug Use

Alcohol and drug use is a very serious issue on college campuses around the country.

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.

What is Medical Amnesty?

The Alcohol/Drug Medical Amnesty Policy is designed to prevent students requiring medical attention as a result of alcohol and/or drug consumption from being put to bed and/or left alone by friends because of fear that a request for assistance will lead to formal disciplinary action. This policy will provide an opportunity for an intervention that may not result in action through the student conduct process.