7 things you need to know about drinking in college:

1. Not everyone is doing it. While it may seem like everyone is getting wasted, 7 out of 10 college students drink 0-3 drinks when they go out, if they drink at all.
2. You have more fun if you drink less: Want to feel buzzed, not depressed? Peak buzz is reached at Blood Alcohol Content (BAC )s between .02 and .06. Use the Last Call app to keep tabs on your BAC.
3. Use PUBS to remember the signs of alcohol poisoning: Puking (while passed out), Unresponsive to stimulation (pinch or shaking), Breathing (slow, shallow or no breathing), Skin (blue, cold or clammy). Call LUPD immediately at 504.865.3434 if you see even one of these signs!
4. You’re not going to get in trouble for saving a life (your own or someone else’s!): Through Loyola’s Medical Amnesty/Good Samaritan program, students who seek medical assistance for themselves or for another student due to intoxication of are exempt from alcohol/drug policy violations. When in doubt, call LUPD.
5. Mixing meds and drinking makes you more likely to blackout faster: Don’t want to get TEMS? Don’t take ADHD drugs and drink. Don’t mix drinking and drugs in general.
6. Drunk means no: Consent cannot be given if someone is incapacitated. An estimated 90% of college sexual assaults occur under the influence of alcohol.
7. The drinking age is 21: You know it, we know it. Enough said.

Want to know more? Concerned about your drinking? Come to the University Counseling Center to talk to a counselor, or give us a call.

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Learn More about Loyola’s Medical Amnesty policy here.

Concerned about your drinking? Take an on-line assessment here.Want to talk about the results? Make an appointment to talk to a trained mental health professional at the University Counseling Center by calling 504-865-3835.

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Concerned about your drinking? Take an on-line assessment here. Want to talk about the results? Make an appointment to talk to a trained mental health professional at the University Counseling Center by calling 504-865-3835.

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The key to responsible drinking is planning:

  • How many drinks total can you responsibly consume?
  • What time is your evening(drinking) starting and ending?
  • What is an appropriate amount per hour for you?

Use a blood alcohol calculator to plan your night so that you don’t end up trashed. Concerned about your drinking? Take an on-line assessment here. Want to talk about the results? Make an appointment to talk to a trained mental health professional at the University Counseling Center by calling 504-865-3835.

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Are you feeling depressed or more sad than usual?  Have your friends or family expressed concern about how you are handling things?  We are here to help. Health and Education at Loyola (HEAL) and the University Counseling Center are partnering with the Counseling Graduate Program to put on the annual Loyola Student Depression Screening.  Monday, October 20th, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, in the Octavia Room (second floor, Dana Center). This is a quick (15 minutes) and confidential one-on-one assessment  to see if you are good to go, or need a little help.  If you need a lot of help, University Counseling Center staff is available immediately to speak privately about your concerns.

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Oct 20-26 is National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. It’s a time learn more about responsible drinking, reflect on your own alcohol consumption, and get the skills you need to stay safe and healthy while having fun. Concerned about your drinking? Take an on-line assessment here. Want to talk about the results? Make an appointment to talk to a trained mental health professional at the University Counseling Center by calling 504-865-3835.

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1. BREATHE:Take a slow deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Repeat, slowly, five times.

2. LET GO: Is it important? Can you change the outcome? Is worrying about it helping? If the answer is no, let it go.

3. TAKE A BREAK:

Curious? Read more here.

4. LAUGH: If it’s a little embarrassing now, it will probably be a funny story later. Cultivate a sense of humor.

5. SEEK HELP: Feel like it’s too much to handle? Make an appointment at the University Counseling Center: 504.865.3835.

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