90% of all campus rapes are linked to alcohol.
Did I get your attention? Good. Here are some tips on how to drink responsibly.
Things to remember before you decide to drink:
- Don’t drink on an empty stomach.
- Avoid drinking games or drinking quickly. Your body processes about 1 drink per hour.
- “Go easy” when tired, stressed, ill or when taking medication.
- Women do not process alcohol as effectively as men. They get drunk twice as quickly, and sober up twice as slowly.
- Feel comfortable with saying “no thanks”.
How to prevent dangerous situations from occurring:
- Before leaving home decide who will be the designated driver. Alcohol-impaired driving is the leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds.
- Call a cab when you have no designated driver.
- Don’t leave your friends alone, arrive together and leave together.
Alcohol and Safety
- Alcohol increases your chances of being either a victim or a perpetrator of a crime.
- 90% of all campus rapes are linked to alcohol.
- 1 in 12 college males admit committing acts defined as rape or acquaintance rape while drinking.
- Female college freshman are at the highest risk for sexual assault in the first 3 months of school.
- 70% of college students admit to having engaged in sexual activity under the influence.
- 60% of college students who are infected with STI’s, were under the influence at the time of the infection.
Signs of Alcohol Poisoning:
- Cold, clammy, bluish skin
- Passed out
- Not responsive
- Shallow or irregular breathing
What to do:
- Turn the person on his/her side and support the person so that s/he cannot roll face down or on their back
- Don’t leave the person unattended
- Keep the person warm. Do not give the person water. Ingesting water or food can lead to choking or death.
- Call 911
For Help: If you or a friend has a drinking problem, please contact the following services: Counseling Center @ 561-297-3540, Student Health Services @ 561-297-3512 or Owls Care Health Promotion @ 561-297-1048.