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Alcohol Questions Answered

The questions that are included below are those that have been submitted to the Wellness Programs office anonymously. We answer these questions both on our website and some select questions in our newsletters.


Are there any AA or Alanon meetings on campus?

Thanks for your question. After touching base with Dr. Goodwin, our Director of Student Counseling Services, he mentioned that at this point, we refer people off campus.  There may be an opportunity in the fall to have support meetings, but it would not be a 12-step program like AA or Alanon.  However, these specific meetings are available off campus.  The best thing to do would be a google search for the area you currently live in and you will be able to find many groups that could potentially fit your need.  Want more information?  Feel free to contact us at any time for confidential conversations.

The other night I thought I was about to loose my friend. He had way too much drink, and for a while there, I thought he may not wake up. I'm pretty sure he had alcohol poisoning, but I don't really know what that is and what some signs are. Can you help me out for next time?

Great question. Not a lot of people know exactly what the signs of alcohol poisoning are, and even fewer people know how to take care of someone who is dangerously drunk. Thanks for wanting to learn more to potentially save your friend's life is he ever finds himself in that situation again. Read below for more details:

Signs of Alcohol Poisoning: These will differ between each person and may include some of the signs below.

Mental confusion, stupor, coma, unable to rouse the person ∙ No response to pinching of the skin ∙ Vomiting while sleeping or unresponsiveness ∙ Seizures Slowed Breathing (slower than 8 breaths per minute) Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths) Hypothermia (low body temperature) Bluish skin color Paleness

Alcohol Poisoning Requires Immediate Attention...
Drinking black coffee, taking a cold shower, sleeping or walking it off cannot reverse alcohol poisoning.

If someone is dangerously drunk and is asleep or unconscious, roll them onto their side and use their arms or pillow to help stabalize them.  They should never be left to sleep on their back, as they may choke on their own vomit.

Most importantly, it's incredibly important that you get help.  It's understandable that you may be worried about getting into trouble, however, a person's life is on the line, and it's more important for them to receive the medical attention they need. Call your RA (on campus) or 911 (off campus) if any of these symptoms happen to someone you're with while consuming alcohol.

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