Student Health Center

Alcohol and Other Drug Emergencies

What should I do if I suspect that a friend is in danger from having too much to drink and/or taking drugs?

Alcohol poisoning can kill. If your friend has been drinking, especially a large amount over a short period of time, or has been taking drugs, look for these signs of possible alcohol poisoning/drug overdose:

  • Confusion
  • Change in behavior
  • Pale skin
  • Passing out
  • Vomiting
  • Irregular or slow breathing

A person's blood alcohol level can continue to rise even after they stop drinking. Don't leave your friend to "sleep it off". Try to wake your friend - if your friend does not respond, there may be a life-threatening problem.

Call Public Safety (585) 475-3333 or 911 immediately for assistance!


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