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.
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
- Fall Behind in School Work
- Memory Loss
- Drunk Driving
- Regretful Behavior
- 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.
Material Adapted from:
(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