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If you think alcohol or other drugs might be becoming a problem for you or someone you know, MU has resources such as alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO and Marijuana eCHECKUP TO GO. If you or a friend need additional help or support to change patterns of substance use, consider utilizing BASICS for alcohol or marijuana abuse concerns.

Alcohol & Other Drugs


Making space for alcohol during your college career is a personal choice, but we all agree that alcohol and drugs influence our college experience whether we personally choose that lifestyle or not. Social media, movies, television, and You Tube portray college as a non-stop party with a focus on excessive alcohol consumption, but in reality….
  1. Almost a quarter of MU students chose not to drink at all last year
  2. Most MU students report consuming 3 to 4 drinks when they go out and party
  3. MU students choose to drink less or not at all on any given night based on academic obligations the next day, not being in the mood, or being a designated driver
  4. 95% of MU students drink in environments where they feel safe
Data from the 2016 MCHBS

If you think alcohol or other drugs might be becoming a problem for you or someone you know, MU has resources such as alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO and Marijuana eCHECKUP TO GO. If you or a friend need additional help or support to change patterns of substance use, consider utilizing BASICS for alcohol or marijuana abuse concerns.


How to Help

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If you see someone who appears to be incapacitated, drunk or under the influence of some type of substance, there are direct ways to intervene as well as indirect ways to intervene. Both ways are fine - always be sure you feel safe and if you do not feel safe you do not have to do anything.

Direct Responses:

  1. Check in with the person to see if they need anything
  2. Ask the person if they have a friend with them and/or locate the friend to have them check in

Indirect Responses

  1. Call an authority figure anonymously
  2. Create a distraction of any kind
  3. Ask the person if they know what time it is
  4. Call attention to the bartender or host of the party to make sure they follow up on the person’s safety

Alcohol Poisoning

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning:
  1. Vomiting
  2. Slow breathing (fewer than 8 breaths per minute)
  3. Irregular breathing (gap of 10+ seconds between breaths)
  4. Blue fingers or pale skin
  5. Low body temperature (cool to the touch)
  6. Passing out into unresponsiveness
  7. If you notice these symptoms in someone around you, get help IMMEDIATELY by calling 911.
Recovery position: Save a life while waiting for help to arrive:
  1. Raise their closest arm above their head and prepare to roll them towards you
  2. Gently roll them while supporting their head
  3. Tilt their head to maintain airway. Tuck nearest hand under their cheek
  4. Lay the person on their side
  5. Stretch one leg out in front of them
  6. Ensure their head is tilted back and they are on their side
  7. This is not in place of calling 911 - do this while waiting for help to arrive!

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The University of Missouri has a Good Samaritan policy. MU encourages students to Step Up during alcohol related emergencies by not imposing sanctions on the bystander under most circumstances. However, if you choose not to Step Up, MU reserves the right to take disciplinary action.


Sober Living

Are you in living a sober lifestyle or interested in seeking out recovery resources?
  1. Recovery-focused sober housing at MU
  2. Sober in College (Sic): Get involved!
  3. AA/Al-Anon/NA meetings in the community
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