How to Recognize and Respond in an Emergency

Call for medical assistance whenever you are not sure what to do but think that a person may need help. It is always better to be safe than sorry to prevent the worst from happening; do not put yourself in a situation where you wish you had called for help but didn’t.

Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning/Overdose

  • Person is unconscious or semi-conscious and cannot be awakened by shaking or shouting. It may appear as if they are “sleeping it off,” but if they cannot be readily roused, it is likely that they are in serious danger.
  • Cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin
  • Slow or irregular breathing: less than 8 times a minute or 10+ seconds between breaths
  • Vomiting while “sleeping” or passed out

What to do in an Emergency

  • Call 911 (or 9-911 from on-campus)
  • Do not leave the person alone – monitor their breathing, and turn them on their side with their knees bent to prevent choking in case of vomiting