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Alcohol Safety Information

Alcohol Poisoning


What are the signs?

  • Unconscious or semi-conscious and cannot be awakened
  • Skin is cold or clammy and has pale or bluish color
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Slow breathing – less than eight breaths per minute
  • Vomiting while “sleeping” or passed out, and not waking up after vomiting.
  • Eyes rolling back into head

If a person has ANY of these symptoms, they need help!

  • Don’t leave the person alone—turn the person on his/her side to prevent choking in case of vomiting.
  • It’s important to get help ASAP. Your friend will appreciate the fact that you care, and you will NOT get in trouble for helping someone with alcohol poisoning.
  • PLEASE, do not be afraid to help a friend or fellow student in need!

 

The Basics of BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration)


What affects BAC?

  • How much you drink – the more you drink, the higher your BAC
  • How quickly you drink – your BAC rises faster if you don’t let your body catch up to process the alcohol
  • Your biological sex – BAC tends to rise more quickly in women than in men. Men have 25% more of the enzyme that breaks down alcohol; women are typically smaller with higher percentages of body fat for reproduction purposes. Alcohol stays in fat cells and takes longer to oxidize.
  • Your size – the larger you are, the more water your body contains, diluting the alcohol
  • What you’ve eaten recently – food slows the absorption of alcohol, especially if it’s loaded with protein and carbohydrates

What is an actual drink drink?

  • 12 ounces of beer or malt beverage
  • 4 – 5 ounces of wine
  • 1.5 ounces of hard liquor (80 proof)

 

BAC Behavior Charts


Behavior chart according to BAC (some info adapted from multiple  sources: brad21.org, partysmart.osu.edu, nhtsa.dot.gov,  ctclearinghouse.org)

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Adapted from Rage on the Same Page