Alcohol depresses the nervous system. This includes the ability to breathe and the gag reflex which prevents choking. High levels of alcohol can stop these functions. Even after someone stops drinking, alcohol is in the system and can be fatal. If you see someone experiencing the following symptoms, call for help immediately:
- Mental confusion
- Semi-consciousness or unconsciousness and cannot be awakened
- Cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin
- Slowed breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute)
- Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths)
- Vomiting while "sleeping" or passed out, and not waking up after vomiting
If a person has any of these symptoms, s/he is most likely experiencing acute alcohol intoxication.
- Get help. Call 911 immediately.
- Do not leave the person alone.
- Turn the person on his/her side to prevent choking in case of vomiting.
- Always better to be safe than sorry: How can someone be angry at you about caring for him/her?
Responsible DrinkingThere are many things you can do to lower your risk if you do choose to drink, and knowing a few simple tips can help keep you out of harms way.
- Determine the number of drinks you plain to consume before you start drinking
- Eat before and while you drink
- Pace yourself - no more than one drink per hour
- Alternate alcohol-free and alcohol drinks
- Avoid drinking games
- Plan how to get home before you go out
- Know what is in your drink
- Never leave your drink unattended
What is one drink?
- 12-ounces of beer
- 8-ounces of malt liqour
- 5-ounces of wine
- 1.5-ounces or a "shot" of 80-proof distilled spirits or liqour (e.g. rum, vodka, gin, whiskey, etc.)
The eCHECKUP TO GO is an interactive assessment tool that allows students to anonymously enter information about their drinking patterns and receive feedback on their alcohol use. The web survey takes approximately thirty minutes to complete, is entirely self-guided, and requires no face-to-face time with an administrator or counselor.
Local ResourcesCounseling and Testing Center - (208) 885-6716
Alcoholics Anonymous - (208) 882-1597
Weeks and Vietri Counseling - (208) 882-8514
Provides outpatient substance abuse treatment and counseling in Moscow.
Alliance Family Services - (208) 882-5960
Provides outpatient chemical dependency treatment to adolescent and adult clients in Moscow.
Palouse River Counseling Center - (509) 334-1133
Provides a full continuum of mental health and chemical dependency services in Pullman.
Palouse Recovery Center - (509) 334-0718
Provides outpatient treatment for substance abuse and dependence in Pullman.