Alcohol Education

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THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK

Northwestern Oklahoma State University does not condone the consumption of alcohol, but does seek to inform its students about the consequences of alcohol use.

LEGAL LIMIT
Under 21:  .00
21 & Over:  .08

DRINK RESPONSIBLY

  • Before drinking, decide how much you are going to drink.
  • Pace yourself drinking.  Limit yourself to no more than 1 drink per hour.
  • Drinking is not a race.  Chugging is a bad idea, because your body can’t handle large amounts of alcohol without negative consequences.
  • Eat before drinking and do not use alcohol to quench your thirst.  Food, especially high in protein, helps slow the absorption of alcohol.
  • Avoid Drinking Games!  Drinking should not be a competition and can lead to drinking more than your body can handle.
  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Cut down on how frequently you drink and get involved in activities other than drinking to have fun.

BINGE DRINKING

Binge Drinking:  In a single occasion, consuming 5 or more drinks for males or 4 or more drinks for females.

Consequences of Binge Drinking

  • Missing Classes
  • Increased Risk of Poor Test Performance
  • Violence
  • Fall Behind in School Work
  • Memory Loss
  • Drunk Driving
  • Regretful Behavior
  • Vandalism
  • Engage in Unplanned Sexual Activity
  • Get in Trouble with Campus Police or Law Enforcement

ALCOHOL POISONING

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Passed out, unconscious or semiconscious
  • Slow breathing (breaths of eight or less per  minute)
  • Cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin
  • Vomiting (can cause choking, asphyxiation and death)
  • All the above signs and symptoms will most likely be accompanied by a strong odor of alcohol

Appropriate Action:  Get Help

  • If you encounter a person who exhibits one or more of the signs and symptoms – Call 911 immediately.
  • While waiting for emergency medical help gently turn the intoxicated person on his/her side and maintain that position by placing a pillow in the small of the person’s back.  This is important to prevent choking should the person vomit. 
  • Stay with the person until medical help arrives.

 

Material Adapted from:

References– Resources

(2007). Facts about alcohol poisoning.  Retrieved from http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/OtherAlcoholInformation/factsAboutAlcoholPoisoning.aspx

Poslick, K. Current trends in alcohol & substance abuse on the college campus.  Retrieved from http://www.okhighered.org/cosa/prof-dev.shtml

Dobo, A., & Oelschlager, J. R. Binge drinking:  Dangerous fun with serious consequences.  Retrieved from http://web2.fit.edu/caps/brochures.php

Alcoholism Treatment Programs
http://www.addiction-treatment.com/research/alcohol-addiction/