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If you are concerned about your own, a family member's or a friend’s alcohol or other drug use, the following information and resources may help you identify the signs of abuse and how to get help.

Warning Signs:
  • Loss of control (inability to quit or cut back).

  • Increased use and increased tolerance for alcohol or other drugs.

  • Drinking or use of other drug becomes primary activity.

  • Failing to fulfill responsibilities: school, work and relationships.

  • Increased consequences associated with drinking and or drug use: legal and/or financial problems, health concerns, relationship problems, decreased academic performance.

  • Changes in a person’s personality, mood, hygiene, routine or social connections.

  • Becomes defensive or evasive when concern is expressed.

  • Secretive use.

Risks:
Risks associated with the use and abuse of a variety of substances can be found by visiting our Resources section.

Danger Signs for Alcohol Poisoning:
  • Mental confusion, stupor, coma or person cannot be roused.

  • Vomiting

  • Seizures

  • Slow breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute)

  • Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths)

  • Hypothermia (low body temperature), bluish skin color, paleness.

What Should You Do if You Suspect Someone Has Alcohol Poisoning?
  • Watch for the danger signs of alcohol poisoning.

  • Do not wait for all symptoms to be present.

  • Be aware that a person who has passed out could die.

  • If there is any suspicion of an alcohol overdose, call 9-911 on-campus or 911 off-campus for help. Do not try to determine the level of drunkenness.

  • Turn the person on his or her side to prevent choking in case of vomiting.

  • Stay with the person until help arrives.

Getting Help:
To determine the best campus, local, state or national resource to best assist you in finding information or help, go to the Resources section our site.

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