Most of us like to think that we make our own decisions. But the fact is that we are influenced by others-family, friends, TV, YouTube, magazines, and social media sites. There is much at stake when thinking about making a decision to drink, when to drink and how much to drink. Your decision may have negative consequences!
Lots of people drink automatically without ever giving it much thought. It is surprising how many people drink and drink more than they want to because they want to be more sociable, feel that drinking is a way to fit in, feel that drinking is a socially accepted behavior that is expected and accepted in college, and feel that they can only have “fun” while they are drinking.
The fact is getting drunk can really suck. Careless decisions about alcohol can have harmful consequences. Alcohol can impair your judgment and lead to unsafe decisions. Alcohol can have harmful effects on the body. Do you want to puke? Injure yourself or someone else? Have a major hangover? Say or do something totally embarrassing? Not remember what everyone else remembers especially since they are talking about you?
YOU MAY WANT TO RETHINK YOUR DRINK. PUT YOURSELF IN CONTROL, LEARN THE FACTS.
Students enjoyed a complimentary Mocktail while learning the facts.
A standard drink=
12 oz. beer
4 oz. wine
1.25 oz.. Hard liquor 80 proof
However, this is only a general guideline. It really depends on the amount of alcohol that is in the drink you are drinking.
If you are under the age of 21, drinking is illegal!
Under no circumstances should a person drink and drive!
ALCOHOL POISONING IS LIFE THREATENING
SIGNS & SYMTPOMS:
- UNCONSCIOUS OR SEMICONSCIOUS PERSON
- IRREGULAR BREATHING
- COLD, CLAMMY. PALE, BLUE SKIN
- STRONG ODOR OF ALCOHOL
- BODY TREMORS
KNOW YOUR A,B,C’S OF ALCOHOL OVERDOSE
A- AWAKE- Attempt to wake the person up. Call out their name and shake them. If they do not respond, turn and keep the person on their side so they don’t choke on their vomit.
B-BREATHING–Check their breathing. If there are less than 8 full breaths in 1 minute or more than 10 second pauses between breaths, they need IMMEDIATE medical attention.
C-CIRCULATION- Check their pulse ( wrist or neck). Check if their skin is cold, clammy or blue or gray in color.
D- DO NOT LEAVE THE PERSON ALONE, EVER! Keep them lying on their side so they don’t choke on their vomit
E- Emergency Assistance- If you discover ANY of the above patterns, stay with the person and have someone call security/911.
WHAT TO DO FOR ALCOHOL POISONING
ON CAMPUS: CALL SECURITY 2611
OFF CAMPUS: DIAL 911
DO NOT LEAVE THE PERSON ALONE
TURN ON HIS/HER LEFT SIDE TO PREVENT CHOKING
DO NOT GIVE COFFEE
DO NOT PLACE IN A COLD SHOWER
Save a Life, don’t think twice!
New Jersey Good Samaritan Laws provide immunity from punishment as long as a student acts in good faith by calling for help and staying with their friend who overdosed on either alcohol or drugs until authorities arrive. They will not be arrested, charged, prosecuted or convicted for obtaining, possessing, using or being under the influence of substances. The student who is obtaining medical attention is also granted immunity from prosecution. The Good Samaritan Law will only provide immunity from low level criminal offenses such as possession or personal use of substances.
IF YOU CHOSSE TO DRINK MINIMIZE THE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES:
- SET A LIMIT BEFORE YOU START
- EAT BEFORE AND DURING
- AVOID DRINKING GAMES
- SPACE & PACE YOUR DRINKS
- DON’T ACCEPT OPEN CONTAINERS FROM OTHERS
Drink Safe coasters were distributed to students.