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Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs

About the Program

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Program educates students about the potential negative consequences of drug and alcohol use and/or abuse. Read more about the ATOD program.

ATOD Program Brochure

ATOD Advisory Council & Subcommittees

PDF iconATOD Advisory Council & Subcommittees

Take the e-CHUG &
e-TOKE challenge!

e-CHUG & e-TOKE are brief self-assessment tools that provide information about personal risk patterns, individual level of tolerance, family risk factors, harm reduction strategies, and access to local resources.

Take a few minutes to complete the e-CHUG & e-TOKE! Answers are strictly confidential and no identifiable information is stored.


Now that you're in college, you've got the freedom to make your own decision about your life. That includes how much and how often you drink. But before you start partying, get wise to a few facts you might not know. Like that you can die from drinking too much. Or that a certain blood alcohol level can put you in a coma.

How to Help a Friend Who is Experiencing Alcohol Poisoning



Check out the Alcohol Poisoning Door Hanger!

Alcohol Poisoning Door Hanger


Tips and information on How to Prevent Alcohol Poisoning:

Limit Alcohol Consumption: Alternate alcohol with another beverage, such as water or juice and never drink on an empty stomach. Stop drinking immediately if you're feeling sick or having difficulty walking or talking.

Look out for friends who have had too much too drink. If your friend has bee n vomiting or passes out, son't leave him or her alone. And don't hesitate to call an ambulance if necessary.


Stay Safe. Never go anywhere alone; stick with friends. Be aware that sedatives can be added to drinks (even non-alcoholic drinks), leaving students vulnerable to sexual assault. Never leave a drink unattended at a bar or party and never accept drinks from people you don't know.


What is Alcohol Poisoning?

Alcohol depresses nerves that control involuntary actions such as breathing and the gag reflex (which prevents choking). A fatal dose of alcohol will eventually stop these functions.

It is common for someone who drank too much alcohol to vomit, since alcohol is an irritant to the stomach. This means the person could choke on his or her vomit, which could cause death by asphyxiation in an unconscious person.

A person's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) can continue to rise even while he or she is passed out. Even after a person stops drinking, alcohol in the stomach and intestine continues to enter the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body. It is dangerous to assume the person will be fine by sleeping it off.


Critical Signs of Alcohol Poisoning:


If you see ANY of these signs, seek help immediately.

Call 911 for on campus emergency.


- Mental confusion; stupor, coma or person cannot be roused.

- Vomiting

- Seizures

- Slow breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute)

- Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths)

- Hypothermia (low body temperature), bluish and pale discoloration


What If I Think Someone Has Alcohol Poisoning?

Know the danger signals.

Do not wait for all symptoms to be present.

Be aware that a person who has passed out may die.

If there is any suspicion of an alcohol overdose, call 911 for help. Don't try to guess the level of drunkeness.

An alcohol overdose can lead to irreversible brain damage. Rapid binge drinking is especially dangerous because the victim can ingest a fatal dose before becoming unconscious.

Don't be afraid to seek medical help for friend who has too much to drink. Don't worry that your friend may become angry or embarrassed. Always be safe, not sorry.

The ATOD Program would like you to be safe, be responsible, and designate before you celebrate!

Remember, impairment begins with the first drink.

Choose not to drink if you are driving, or be safe with a designated driver.

Always wear a seatbelt! Its your best protection in a crash.

Respect other peoples’ right, and your own, to choose not to drink.

Respect state laws and campus policies.

Stay out of dangerous situations involving alcohol, whether in a car, bar, or bedroom.

If a friend drinks to the point of passing out, alcohol poisoning is a real danger. If you are concerned, seek medical attention immediately. Its better to be safe than sorry! Know the signs of alcohol poisoning!


Presentation Requests

Presentation requests can be made by going to the "Contact Us" section of this website.

Please indicate the date, time, number of students in the class, specific topic you would like presented, and on-campus location (unfortunately, we do not conduct off-campus presentations).

We will need a campus location equipped with audio/ visual. Please notify us two weeks in advance for scheduling and preparation for presentations.

Thank you!


Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

Every Wednesday, beginning January 23, 2019

12pm- 1pm

Student Health Services, Room 268

AA Meeting Flyer


QUIT NOW! Smoking Cessation Program

Wanna quit smoking?..The ATOD Program provides a variety of resources to assist in your goal to quit smoking! Call or visit our office if you are interested in our QUIT NOW! Smoking Cessation QUIT KIT.

Check out our flyer!

Tobacco Cessation Services


DATE at The Beach

The award-winning DATE (Drug, Alcohol, Tobacco Education) at The Beach focuses on the importance of making wise decisions, prevention, awareness and resources by educating students about alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues.

DATE at The Beach provides valuable information and resources to students, as well as promoting safe and healthy choices, including safe party tips and alcohol poisoning information.

Schedule a DATE with us today!

Updated 4/18/19