Alcohol & Other Drugs

alcohol
caffeine
marijuana
tobacco
prescription drug abuse

Facts

82.6% of ASU students use a designated driver when they drink (most of the time or always).

76.0% of ASU students eat before and/or while drinking (most of the time or always).

75.1% of ASU students either abstained from drinking, or consumed between 1 and 4 drinks of alcohol the last time they partied.

39.4% of ASU students did not drink alcohol in the last 30 days.

American College Health Association.  American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment:  Arizona State University Spring 2011.  Baltimore: American College Health Association; Spring 2011 (n=1,748)

Responsible Use of Alcohol

  • Do not drink alcohol if you are stressed, ill, or tired, taking medications, pregnant, nursing, or considering pregnancy, driving, underage or in violation of the law, recovering, or related to someone with alcoholism
  • Eat food before and while drinking
  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks, particularly water
  • Do not play drinking games
  • Have no more than one drink per hour
  • Drink no more than four times per week

What is a Drink?

  • 12 oz of beer
  • 4 oz of wine
  • 1 oz of liquor

Hangover

A hangover is the body’s reaction to the toxic effects of and withdrawal from alcohol.

Avoid Hangovers:

  • Have a reason for a drink: celebrations, parties, and events
  • Set a limit for yourself: one standard size drink per hour
  • Avoid alternating the types of alcohol you consume
  • Eat up. Eat before you go out, while you are out, and after you get home
  • Alternate. Have a drink, then a glass of water, then maybe another drink
  • Drink water
  • Drink no more than four times per week

Socializing Off Campus

All guests and hosts are accountable for following State of Arizona laws, city ordinances, and potential consequences for not adhering to social responsibilities and regulations. (http://www.azleg.gov/arizonarevisedstatutes.asp)

Reasons Not to Drink

Do not drink alcohol if you are stressed, ill, tired, taking medications, pregnant, nursing, or considering pregnancy, driving, underage or in violation of the law, recovering, or related to someone with alcoholism.

Alcohol Poisoning

A serious medical emergency requiring immediate attention.

Causes

  • Drinking a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time
  • Sensitivity to alcohol
  • Inexperience with alcohol

Signs & Symptoms

  • Consumed large quantities of alcohol
  • Unconscious, does not respond to beign pinched or shaken
  • Cold, clammy, unusually pale or bluish skin
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Vomitting while passed out
  • Strong odor of alcohol coming from the person

What to do

  • Call 911
  • Turn the person on his/her side
  • Stay with the person until help arrives

How to Help a Friend with an Alcohol or Drug Problem

  • Be aware of the following behaviors:
    • Drinking to get drunk
    • Violent behaviors
    • Missing class/not studying
    • Avoiding or switching friends
    • Blackouts
    • Beginning to use additional drugs
    • Family history of alcohol or other drug use
    • Changes in personality
  • Tell your friend that you are concerned and explain why without making judgmental comments.
  • Recommend they get professional help

Alcohol & Other Drug Links

Resources for Alcohol and Other Drugs
Get Involved with Alcohol and Other Drug Awareness
Alcohol and Other Drug Presentations

For more information about Alcohol and Other Drugs, please contact wellness@asu.edu.