How to Stay Safe
If you choose to drink, there are ways to do so while also staying safe. Based on the 2016 NCHA survey, SF State students said they use the following strategies while drinking:
- Staying with the same group of friends the entire time while drinking
- Using a designated driver
- Having a friend let them know when they’ve had enough
- Keeping track of how many drinks you are having & determining in advance not to exceed a set number of drinks
Binge Drinking: Why Should I Care?
Drinking to get a buzz can be a lot of fun, but sometimes it can go too far. There are a lot of factors that go into how drunk you feel, including how much you have eaten that particular day, your body type, weight, and the rate at which your body processes alcohol which can vary from person to person. Drinking too much, too quickly can cause you to throw up or become dizzy. It can also cause something more extreme, like alcohol poisoning.
How Do You Know When Something is Wrong?
If someone has been drinking, you can tell something is wrong if they are:
- Breathing irregularly
- Cool or clammy to the touch
- Not waking up while vomiting
- Unusually pale or bluish
What Can You Do About It?
If you think someone has alcohol poisoning, immediately call 911. Lay them on their side in a fetal position, and stay with them until emergency personnel arrive. Do not worry about legal ramifications – your friend’s life may depend on your quick response.
To learn more about 911 lifeline legislation go to http://awareawakealive.org/educate/911-lifeline-legislation.