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“Are you turning 21 soon?”

This can be considered quite the milestone in a college student’s life, and we want to help you celebrate responsibly! No matter how you choose to celebrate, we hope you strive to be safe and responsible throughout the night.

21st birthdays are often tied to drinking and, occasionally, negative consequences due to high-risk behavior. The Office of Alcohol and Drug Education is working to help our students navigate these types of celebrations by instituting the 21st Birthday Program. A student will receive an email from our office during the week of their 21st birthday that includes helpful tips and resources to make their birthday both fun AND safe. These students will also have an opportunity to pick up a small gift from our office just by stopping by and presenting their ID at the front desk!

Please read and enjoy the resources below:

BAC Calculator

Use this great tool to help set the maximum number of drinks you will consume and view their effects. This tool will help you recognize that, contrary to some opinions, the positive effects of alcohol (the buzz) actually decrease if you consume too much or too fast. Use the BAC Calculator to help you plan for a night that is both fun and responsible.

Alcohol & You

If you’ve ever wondered how your body is affected by alcohol, this site will explain it all. Look at different areas of your body, including the heart, brain, and liver, and see how alcohol interacts with them.

Tips for a Safe Night:

  1. Plan before you go out. Set limits, arrange a sober driver and stick to the plan.
  2. Eat a healthy meal and bring some snacks such as pretzels for later in the night.
  3. Take breaks between drinks and order water. This will help you space out your drinks and stay hydrated to prevent a hangover.
  4. Slow down; the recommended drinking pace is one drink per hour.
  5. Never mix alcohol with prescription, over-the-counter, or illicit drugs.
  6. Go out with people you trust and never leave your drink alone.

Signs of Alcohol Poisoning:

  • Person is difficult to wake
  • Person is unable to stand on their own or is unable to talk
  • Person is disoriented and their eyes are unfocused
  • Slow or irregular breathing or heart beat
  • Excessive, uncontrollable vomiting
  • Blue, pale, or cold skin

If you Identify Signs of Alcohol Poisoning:

  1. Call 911.
  2. Do not leave the person alone.
  3. If they are not breathing, perform CPR.
  4. Turn them on their side.
  5. Never assume they will be fine or can just “sleep it off.”
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