The Well for Health Promotion provides resources and intervention services that are available for students who may find themselves in situations where you will be making decisions about drinking alcohol at parties, on dates, at a friends house, at a bar, in your room, etc. It is best to make careful, thoughtful decisions about alcohol, before you decide to drink for the first time, or before you drink at a party or an event.
Most Tulane students make smart decisions about their health when it comes to drug and substance use. Approximately 15% students on our campus choose not to drink during their time at Tulane and those who choose drink, consume responsibly and in moderation.
Alcohol overdose can be fatal. If someone has had too much to drink or hurt themselves while drinking, call for help immediately and stay with the person until help arrives. In cases of a potential head injury, even if the person regains consciousness, they must be evaluated immediately.
Research shows that teens and college-age young adults often engage in binge drinking and high-intensity drinking. Drinking such large quantities of alcohol can overwhelm the body’s ability to break down and clear alcohol from the bloodstream. This leads to rapid increases in blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and significantly impairs brain and other bodily functions. BAC can continue to rise even when a person stops drinking or is unconscious. Alcohol in the stomach and intestine continues to enter the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body.
Drinking large quantities of alcohol can overwhelm the body’s ability to break down and clear alcohol from the bloodstream. This leads to rapid increases in blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and significantly impairs brain and other bodily functions. BAC can continue to rise even when a person stops drinking or is unconscious.
MUST HELP will help you identify the signs and symptoms of Alcohol or Substance Use overdose and remember to always call Tulane EMS for help if someone is experiencing these signs when on campus at 504- 862-8121 or 911 when off campus.
M - Mental confusion
U - Unresponsive
S - Seizures, snoring, gasping for air
T - Throwing up
H - Hypothermia/hyperthermia
E - Erratic breathing
L - Loss of consciousness
P - Paleness/blueness of skin
Tulanians who choose to drink alcohol should be smart about it. Drinking to a BAC above 0.05 will increase the chance of rolling into the yellow, red, or blue waves.
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BAC 0.02 - 0.06 - Begin to feel relaxed; reaction time slows, and you are in the sweet spot.
BAC 0.07 - 0.12 - Decrease in judgement and reasoning. Deterioration of judgement and motor coordination. Speech may be slurred.
BAC 0.12 - 0.24 - At risk for blackout, nausea, stumbling and falling.
BAC 0.25+ - Incoherent, passing out, hard to wake up. Seek medical emergency services.
8 ways for Healthy Drinking Habits
1. CHOOSE, when and what to consume
2. EAT, food before and while consuming
3. PACE and SPACE, your drinking consumption
4. HYDRATE, staying hydrated before, during, and after consuming alcohol
5. TRACK, number of standard drinks
6. MODERATE, number drinks consumed in a certain amount of time.
7. DESIGNATE, a non-drinking driver
8. REMEMBER, you can always choose not to drink