Alcohol Education

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

Under 21:  .00
21 & Over:  .08


  • 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:  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


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.

Northwestern Alcohol Education Program:

Campus Clarity (Think About It):  Northwestern Oklahoma State University uses the Campus Clarity (Think About It) as an online education program that combines sexual assault and substance abuse prevention in a comprehensive online training program.  Campus Clarity (Think About It) has a research-based curriculum that takes a non-judgmental approach to effectively reach students.

Material Adapted from:

References– Resources

(2007). Facts about alcohol poisoning.  Retrieved from

Poslick, K. Current trends in alcohol & substance abuse on the college campus.  Retrieved from

Dobo, A., & Oelschlager, J. R. Binge drinking:  Dangerous fun with serious consequences.  Retrieved from

Alcoholism Treatment Programs

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