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Effects of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Am I an alcoholic?

What you probably want to know is whether you should be concerned about your alcohol use; that is, whether you have a problem with alcohol. Problem drinking begins when drinking moves from safe and responsible to excessive and irresponsible. When drinking begins to interfere with school, work, friends, family, community, or well-being, it has officially become a problem. Problem drinking includes drinking to get drunk, providing alcohol to minors, missing class from a hangover, getting into fights or arguments, blacking out, getting into legal or disciplinary trouble, and drinking and driving.

If you would like feedback on whether your alcohol use is normal, there are several ways you can get feedback. If you would like help on changing your use of alcohol or other drugs, make use of the many resources available for helping you take control of your life.

What is binge drinking?

Also known as heavy episodic drinking, binge drinking is a term used for drinking that results in a BAC of .08% or higher. For women, this usually means having four drinks or more in two hours; for men, it is five drinks or more. Binge drinking greatly increases the likelihood of negative consequences associated with drinking.

What are the symptoms of alcohol poisoning?

  • Passing out and not waking up
  • Vomiting
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Pale or bluish-tinted skin
  • Breathing less than 10 times per minute and/or there are more than 10 seconds between breaths
  • Strong odor of alcohol


Remember that not all symptoms need to be present for someone to experience alcohol poisoning. If you suspect someone has alcohol poisoning, call 911 or call the UD Rescue Squad at (937) 229-2121 or x92121 from a campus phone.

I think I have a problem with alcohol or drug use. What should I do?

If you are looking for feedback on whether your alcohol use is normal, there are several ways you can get feedback. If you would like help on changing your use of alcohol or other drugs, make use of the many resources available for helping you take control of your life.

I think my friend has a problem with alcohol or drug use. What should I do?

You can call Community Wellness Services at 937.229.1233 and ask to speak to someone on staff. This service is confidential and free of charge.