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.
Hear Me Roar! Workshop with Guest Speakers: Jennifer Cassetta & Lindsey Smith, authors of Hear Me Roar
Perkins Student Center
Shred negativity in your life. Learn how to defend your mind, body and heart. Focus on positive body image, gain self-confidence and empower yourself! Workshop is free and lunch will be provided, but space is limited so you must pre-register at: bit.ly/HearMeRoarsignup Made possible by an Enliven grant from the UD Provost. Sponsored by Housing and Residence Life. See the flyer.