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Alcohol and Drug Education

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Knowledge is power!  Get the facts about alcohol, so you can make informed decisions

Do you know?  93% of Siena students say that students at Siena will let you make your own decisions about drinking alocohol. (2014 Health Survey, n= 932)

Myth:  Beer is less intoxicating than other alcohols

Fact:  Alcohol is alcohol.  Standard doses, one 12-ounce can of beer, one 4-ounce glass of wine, one ounce of 100 proof or 1.25 ounces 85 proof provide 0.6 ounce of pure ethanol and are all equally intoxicating.  The problem is that drinking shots of distilled liquor causes alcohol to get in to the bloodstream faster.  It takes 20 minutes for the body to feel the effect of alcohol; therefore we do not feel that first shot – so drink another…and another.  By the time we ‘feel’ it, our BAC we are intoxicated.

Myth: You can sober up quickly if you have to.

Fact:   Nothing speeds up the sobering up process, not a hot cup of coffee nor a cold shower. Caffeine can actually do more harm than good.  Caffeine is a stimulant, and because of that, a person's going to be more awake but just as much impaired. Caffeine can give an individual a false degree of confidence that they are not impaired, which could lead to riskier behavior and dangerous decisions.

Myth: Anyone who passes out from drinking too much should be put to bed and allowed to "sleep it off".

Fact: If a friend has had too much to drink and passes out, the worst thing you can do is drag them into a bedroom away from everyone else and close the door. Alcohol poisoning is drinking a sufficient amount of alcohol to suppress the central nervous system so that an individual stops required bodily functions, Reflexes that keep us alive -- like coughing, gagging, breathing -- can be shut down completely, which can cause death directly, or, as is more common, can cause someone who vomits to inhale the vomit and drown. If you are concerned about someone enough to watch them, get the passed out person medical help.  The amount of alcohol it takes to make you pass out is dangerously close to the amount it takes to kill you. Do not hesitate to get the individual medical attention. You may save their life.  

Myth: Puking helps you sober up and prevents hangovers.

Fact:  Theoretically, getting rid of alcohol that hasn’t yet been digested means it won’t be absorbed by the body and can’t contribute to tomorrow morning’s headache. The fact, however, is that alcohol absorption into the bloodstream begins almost immediately, so getting rid of the likely small amount in vomit probably won’t make much of a difference—if you’re already at that point, there’s likely already too much alcohol in the body's system to escape that hangover the next day and possibly, alcohol poisoning. 

Myth:  I have a high tolerance so I can ‘hold my alcohol’ better than others.

Fact: You may have high tolerance, but that doesn’t mean it takes you more booze to get drunk; it simply takes you more alcohol to feel drunk. High tolerance actually puts you at a higher risk of dangerous decision-making, because your body isn’t giving you the cues that they’ve had too much to drink. Even though you may not show that you are drunk, your BAC is still going up the same rate as someone with lower tolerance.

Myth: I can have one alcoholic drink an hour and still drive home.

Fact: You've probably heard the theory that our bodies naturally process a drink an hour. But actually, it's more like two hours.  For a typical 160-pound man, will metabolize  7 grams of alcohol in an hour. The so-called standard serving, a 12-ounce bottle of bear, is 14 grams of alcohol, so it would take two hours to fully metabolize it. For most people, if you drink one drink an hour, you're going to become more and more impaired each hour.   For that 160-pound person, he says, at the rate of one drink an hour, four hours of drinking is enough to bring his BAC to 0.08 – he is legally drunk.

Do you know?
What are the signs someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning?

  1. When someone seems confused, is in a stupor, or cannot be awakened (incoherent and/or non-responsive) - You Need to Act!

  2. When someone is vomiting or is having seizures - You Need to Act!

  3. When someone is breathing slowly or showing signs of irregular breathing - You Need to Act!

  4. If someone's body temperature is too cold, the person is turning blue or is uncharacteristically pale in color - You Need to Act!

  5. Alcohol can seriously and negatively interact with medication (including vitamin supplements and energy drinks)

What can happen to someone who is suffering from alcohol poisoning and doesn't receive help? 

  1. A person can choke on their vomit and suffer from dehydration from vomiting

  2. A person's breathing can slow, become irregular, or just stop

  3. A person's heartbeat can become irregular, slow down, or stop

  4. If someone has passed out that person is in serious danger of dying

  5. A person's body temperature can become too low

  6. A person can suffer from seizures if their blood sugar level goes too low

  7. A person who doesn't have an advocate when suffering from alcohol poisoning can eventurally develop brain damage, and if left untreated, die

What can you do to help someone who is suffering from alcohol poisoning?

  1. Be aware of what the danger signs are for alcohol poisoning

  2. Don't just watch and wait - all the signs of alcohol poisoning don't have to be present for the person to be in serious danger

  3. Be an active bystander! Call Public Safety for help (518-783-2999).  Do not hesitate because you don't want to get your friend into trouble.  A person with alcohol poisoning IS already in trouble and EVERY SECOND COUNTS! 

  4. Siena's "Welfare of the Community" policy has got your back!  It is safe to get help for someone who has had too much to drink, even if you have been drinking too.  Learn more in your Siena Life student handbook, or by talking with a dean in our office.