Do you have problems with Alcohol &/or Other Drugs?
What about your friends?
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 must be completed by New & Transfer students under the age of 26 years, and will be available to start on July 28, 2014. "Haven- Understanding Sexual Assault" must be completed by all incoming students regardless of age. You will receive more information in an email by July 28, 2014, including detailed instructions of how to complete the courses. You must complete Part 1 by 8/19/14. Part II (the remainder of the course) must be completed by 10/20/14. 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 surprising facts & statistics regarding college drinking & sex would it help me to know?
- What if I am raped when I am drunk or have been drinking?
- I would like to quit smoking. How do I do it?
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.
Delaware's Annual Crime Victims' Tribute & Candlelight Vigil
Delaware State University, Multi-Purpose Rooms, MLK Student Center, Dover
Speaker: UD Alumni and Survivor, Kristen Baumer, was abducted as a freshman at UD. She will speak about her experience. She is part of the RAPE Outreach Team and has shared her story on The Biography Network's "I Survived" and the I.D. Network's "House of Horrors: Kidnapped." Kristen hopes that she can make a difference in others' lives by sharing her story. Those affected by crime are invited to bring writings, artwork or other meaningful items to be posted on the Memorial Walls which will be on display at the event. See the flyer. Sponsored by Delaware Victims' Rights Task Force. Calll 1-800-Victim1 if you need accommodations or information. See the flyer. Free and open to the public.
Art Party with Opt4
Central Green in front of Gore
Come out for Tie-dyeing, decorating Opt4 shirts, finger paint, puffy paint, glitter glue, bubbles, and mocktails. Sponsored by Opt4.
QUIZZO: Fundraiser for Natasha's Justice Project
Trabant Multi-Purpose Rooms
SAGE is hosting Quizzo to raise money for Natashaâ€™s Justice Project. The organization was created by Natasha Alexenko, a sexual assault survivor, who has made it her lifeâ€™s work to advocate for the elimination of the rape kit backlog in the United States. Natashaâ€™s story is featured in the HBO Documentary Sex Crimes Unit, which was shown as part of the Women & Gender Studies Department's Film Series in March. Sponsored by Students Acting for Gender Equity (SAGE).
Changing the Conversation: The Story of a Night
It's time to change the conversation around sexual assault. In this program, you will hear Jane's story and be part of transforming societal responses. Learn how you, and all of us, can make a difference in Jane's life and in the lives of other survivors. Start changing the conversation right now! Presented by S.O.S. and sponsored by UD's Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Speaker & Shoes at Trabant Theater
Be on the lookout for your favorite fraternity brothers, male professors and staff as they don four-inch bright red stiletto heels to march around the north green. This will be a fun opportunity for men to educate and inspire the campus community to take action in the prevention of sexual violence, and learn about resources for victims on campus like Sexual Offense Support (S.O.S.). A limited number of men-sized high heel shoes will be provided, so come early to reserve your pair of shoes for this popular march (or feel free to bring your own high heels!). As the saying goes, you cannot truly understand another person's experiences until you have "walked a mile in their shoes." For more information about the national campaign, visit www.walkamileinhershoes.org. Sponsored by Inter-Fraternity Council as part of UD's Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Where Do You Stand? - Human Continuum Exercise
This program will help you clarify where you stand regarding a variety of sexual situations and whether they rise to the level of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or sexual abuse. Presented by S.O.S. for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and sponsored by UD's Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee.
Powerful Partnerships Conference: 20 Years of the Violence Against Women Act and the Path Ahead
The Department of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence are co-hosting this conference which will highlight the power of partnerships in working to end gender violence. The conference will create a unique space for survivors, community activists, advocates, researchers, business leaders, and government officials from across the nation to come together to share findings, best practices, and lessons learned and to foster trust, resilient relationships, and innovate strategies for addressing gender-based violence as we look forward to the future. A variety of workshops, roundtables, panel presentations, and poster sessions integrating research and practice will be offered. Learn more & register today!
Take Back the Night March & Speak-Out
120 Smith Hall (for the speaker, where the march begins, and for Speak-Out after the march)
Guest Speaker Andrea Gibson will kick off this year's Take Back the Night March! Women all over the world have been shattering the silence around sexual assault and violence against women at Take Back the Night Marches for over 30 years. Join your fellow students at the University of Delaware as we "take back the night" and speak out against campus rape and violence. All are welcome to participate! Sponsored by Students Acting for Gender Equality (SAGE). Check back for details. Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Committee.