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Alcohol poisoning is a very real and serious medical emergency caused by ingesting too much alcohol too quickly. This usually happens through drinking games (i.e., Century Club, 21 shots for 21st b-day, quarters, etc.) and other high risk drinking behaviors such as keg stands, beer-bonging and shot-gunning. Alcohol causes death directly by acting on those brain areas that control consciousness, respiration and heart rate. As a central nervous system depressant, alcohol can "turn off" these vital brain areas, possibly resulting first in a coma and eventually death.
Signs of life-threatening levels of intoxication:
This is a medical emergency! Call the EMTs at x4444 or 911 immediately
What to do:
If you are having difficulty determining whether an individual is in danger, contact a professional for help immediately – YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO GUESS!!!
What if the symptoms aren't life-threatening but I am still concerend?
What to do:
What NOT to do:
If you are concerned about your own drinking behaviors or those of a friend, please seek help. Contact the Counseling Center or Wellness Center on campus to speak with a professional about your options. All meetings are confidential.