Decisions, decisions, decisions. What major should I pick? How do I avoid that extra 15lbs everyone talks about? Should I try to meet new people or just stick with the friends I have from high school? What about alcohol? Is it really that big of a deal?
Know Your Limit: 0-1-2-3
Knowing how alcohol works will help you stay in control and avoid negative consequences.
0- Understand when not to drink. This includes times like if you have a test or project coming up, if you plan to drive after drinking, if you haven't eaten first, etc.
1- Limit yourself to no more than one drink per hour. The body takes just over one hour to process one drink. Drinking faster than this will means dealing with more negative consequences.
2- Keep drinking down to no more than two times per week. Your body needs two to three days to recover from drinking. Spacing out the nights you drink will help your body stay healthy. It's also going to help your memory which means you'll do better in class.
3- Slow and steady wins the race- no more than three drinks a night. I'm not going to lie, drinking more than this just isn't fun. Puking, blacking out, getting into fights, hangovers... Yuck!
Alcohol Overdoes - Know Your C.A.N.S.
Many people think it is okay to just sleep alcohol off. This is not always true. If you or someone else is experiencing alcohol poisoning, getting help may mean saving a life. If you or someone else has ANY of these symptoms, seek help IMMEDIATELY:
C – Cold, Clammy, or Bluish Skin A – Asleep or Passed Out N – Non-Responsive S – Slow or Irregular Breathing
North Dakota Medical Amnesty Act
If you think you or someone else might need help because of drinking too much, call for help!
"An individual under twenty-one years of age is immune from criminal prosecution under [the North Dakota Century Code] if that individual contacted law enforcement or emergency medical services and reported that another individual under twenty-one years of age was in need of medical assistance due to alcohol consumption, provided assistance to the individual in need of medical assistance until assistance arrived and remained on the scene, or was the individual in need of medical assistance and cooperated with medical assistance and law enforcement personnel on the scene. The maximum number of individuals that may be immune for any one occurrence is five individuals"
NOTE: Students involved are not exempt from disciplinary action under the Code of Student Life. All efforts made by students to positively impact the health and safety of others will be taken into consideration and may lessen possible disciplinary outcomes.