Bates on Tap–The Naked Truth
4 Ds DOUBLE DIGIT DRINKING = DANGER
ONE DRINK =12 oz beer (4%) / 5 oz wine (11%) / 1.5 oz liquor (40%)
Blood Alcohol Concentration
0.1 4+ Pleasant drunk
0.2 8+ Very drunk
0.3 12+ Unconscious/Coma
0.4 16+ Dead
MIT student who died had 16 drinks in 1 hour with BAC .32.
Time is critical. Metabolize 1 drink in 1 hour and 15min.
- Eating bread will prevent you from getting drunk quickly.
- Drinking water will dilute the alcohol and its effects.
- Coffee will sober you up.
- Cold showers will sober people up quickly.
- Average drinker has blackouts (Blackout = no memory of block of time)
Try to determine:
- How many drinks over what time period?
- Did person use other drugs? (Pot decreases gag reflex and vomiting)
- Has the person vomited?
-Level of consciousness – Are they easily aroused vs. not responsive
Alcohol is a depressant.
- Memory and speech go first
- Motor coordination is next, then
- Breathing and circulation decrease
-Respirations – Should be regular at a rate of 12 or higher per minute
-Pulse – Should be regular at a rate of 60 or higher per minute
-Danger signs include:
- Low pulse or respirations
- High temperature
- Unconscious, unable to arouse
- Vomiting while unconscious
1. Someone babysits student (Arousable, Resp. above 12, Pulse above 60)
- Position on side to prevent choking on vomit
- Check at least every 30 minutes, More often first few hours
- Don’t enable in the morning. Talk with person about their behavior.
2. To Health Center (not cooperative, not easily arousable, or if unable to watch arousable intoxicated student)
Call Health Center 6199 or Security 6254 or Ambulance/EMTs 6111
3. If unconscious call 6111 to St. Marys Emergency Room
4. If behavior is obnoxious, belligerent, destructive, or combative, call Security at 6111
DO NOT TUCK SOMEONE INTO BED TO DIE!!
RECOGNIZING PROBLEM DRINKING
Problem Drinking is drinking which causes problems in any aspect of a person’s life.
HOW TO HELP A FRIEND WITH A DRINKING PROBLEM
- Learn about alcohol abuse resources on campus and in the community beforetalking with your friend.
- Talk to your friend about getting help only when your friend is sober.
- Let your friend know how much you care about her/him and how the drinking affects your relationship. Focus on specific behavior.
- Set limits and boundaries regarding your friend’s drinking.
- Offer to go for help with your friend. Your friend may deny there is a problem and may become angry with you. All you can do is show that you care, express your feelings, and offer ways to get help. Your friend must make the decision to get help.
- Don’t be afraid to try again and stick to your limits in the meantime by not enabling your friend to drink.