Alcohol & Other Drugs...
For some students, being on a college campus can create a situation in which substance abuse can flourish for a number of reasons. Being away from home and free of parental control is a first for many students. This, in combination with a sense of invulnerability and strong desire for exploration can easily lead from experimentation with drugs to abuse. Research indicates that alcohol and drug use continues to be a significant issue for many college students and has steadily become a significant problem on college campuses. A "risk factor" is something that is, in all likelihood, going to increase the potential of a negative outcome. When young people do not perceive the risk, relative to the behavior, their behavior is likely to increase. Many students fail to recognize when their level of use or reasons for drinking become problematic; they often perceive "binge" or "heavy episodic" drinking patterns as "social drinking" when it is actually harmful or hazardous for the individual.
Research finds that certain psychological factors increase a person's risk for alcohol abuse and dependence. Having high self-expectations or a low frustration level for tolerance, lacking self-worth and being unsure of your role, needing attention, praise or reassurance and being impulsive or aggressive are factors that increase an individual's vulnerability for alcohol problems. Harmful or hazardous drinking patterns may result in emotional or medical problems and could indicate the onset or presence of alcohol dependence. Here are a few facts that may be of value in helping increase the potential for a positive college experience and decrease risks commonly associated with Alcohol and/or Other Drug use.
Sensible drinking means never having to feel sorry for what happened while you were drinking by knowing more about the topics below.
Do you want to know more about safe, sensible alcohol use? To learn more, to make an appointment, or to get a referral to community resources, contact us at 831-3457.
Facts, Self-Help & How-To Information on the following topics:
- AlcoholEdu and Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault must be completed by New & Transfer students under the age of 26 years, and is available to start now. "Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault" must be completed by all incoming students regardless of age. New students should have received information in an email, including detailed instructions of how to complete the courses. You must complete Part 1 by 8/25/15. Part II (the remainder of the course) must be completed by 10/26/15. If you have questions about whether or not you are obligated to complete AlcoholEdu or Haven, this flow chart can help.
- Should I call 911 because of my own or someone else's level of intoxication?
- Will I or my friend get in trouble if I call 911 but we are underage & have been drinking?
- How many cheeseburgers did I DRINK last month?
- College Drinking: Fact vs. Fiction
- How do I party safely?
- How can I maintain a buzz?
- How can I be a HERO? Be a designated driver!
- How will alcohol interact with medications I'm taking?
- What are the psychological effects of alcohol? (Cool "Mouse Party" video)
- What are the sexual effects of alcohol?
- What if I am raped when I am drunk or have been drinking?
- I would like to quit smoking. How do I do it?
AlcoholEdu and Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault
AlcoholEdu and Haven must be completed by New & Transfer students under the age of 26 years, and is available to start now. "Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault" must be completed by all incoming students regardless of age. New students should have received information in an email, including detailed instructions of how to complete both courses. You must complete Part 1 by 8/25/15. Part II (the remainder of the course) must be completed by 10/26/15. If you have questions about whether or not you are obligated to complete AlcoholEdu or Haven, this flow chart can help.
Signs of Alcohol Poisoning
In some cases, alcohol consumption may lead to alcohol poisoning and be life-threatening. When a person is experiencing alcohol poisoning, you may notice the signs below. Seek help immediately by calling 911 for an ambulance.
- Inability to rouse the person with loud shouting or vigorous shaking
- Inability of a person who was passed out to stay awake for more than 2-3 minutes
- Slow or irregular breathing
- Weak pulse, very rapid or very slow pulse
- Cold, clammy or bluish skin
- Vomiting while passed out, not waking up after vomiting, or incoherent while vomiting
How to help a friend who is heavily intoxicated:
- Do not leave your friend alone. Monitor their breathing and look for signs listed above.
- Turn your friend onto their side to prevent choking.
- If someone has had too much to drink or has hurt themselves while drinking, call for help immediately and stay with the person until help arrives.
ON CAMPUS: CALL 911 from any campus phone or 302.831.2222 from any
OFF CAMPUS: CALL 911 from any phone to contact Newark Police.
If you seek medical attention due to intoxication for yourself or someone else (meaning you call 911), the Office of Student Conduct may not pursue conduct sanctions against you for a violation of the Alcohol Policy. For more information about UD's Medical Amnesty Policy, please visit the Office of Student Conduct at 218 Hullihen Hall.
Sex Trafficking Survivor, Shamere McKenzie
Perkins West Lounge
Shamere McKenzie was a college student trying to find a way to pay for her education when she met the man who forced her into sex slavery. Hear the powerful story of how she was able to get away. Shamere became the Program Assistant for Shared Hope International, an organization whose mission is to prevent, rescue and restore women and children in crisis. And now she is the Chief Executive Officer for the Sun Gate Foundation, an anti-trafficking organization that provides educational opportunities for survivor of human trafficking. Sponsored by the UD RSO International Justice Mission.
World AIDS Day Table
Perkins Student Center
Visit Pow's table in Perkins Student Center for free hot cocoa! Pow will be collecting donations to fight AIDS.
Get Up, Stand Up: Be a Courageous Bystander!
Independence East Residence Hall Lounge
Have you ever heard a sexist or homophobic joke and wished you had confronted it? Witnessed someone name-calling or hitting another person? Seen a man leading a heavily intoxicated woman into a room at a party and closing the door? Were you left with the nagging feeling that someone should have intervened...yet getting involved felt too risky? A "Courageous Bystander" is someone who takes an active role in promoting a respectful environment, or who takes action to safely and responsibly interfere with abusive attitudes, statements, or behaviors. This interactive program helps participants learn ways to be a courageous bystander and possibly save someone from victimization and trauma. Presented by Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.)
World AIDS Day Summit
Delaware Technical Community College, 300 N. Orange Street, Wilmington
The World AIDS Day Summit is sponsored by DTCC, City of Wilmington, AIDS Delaware, Nemours, and Duffy's Hope. For more information, contact Frank Hawkins at 302-652-6776.
Color Me Calm
Carpenter Sports Building
Visit Pow's table each day in the Carpenter Sports Building for free mandala coloring pages to promote healthy stress management. Don't forget to come to our evening event on Friday(see below)!
Color Me Calm
Alumni Lounge, Perkins Student Center
Pow! will provide tea, cookies, coloring books and light music to promote healthy stress management at this hectic time of the semester! Drop in for a soothing study break.