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Alcohol Awareness


"Contrary to what you've heard about college, you don't have to get tanked up every weekend in order to have a memorable experience."

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     •   Myths About College Drinking
     •   Blood Alcohol Level 
     •   Things Never To Do When Someone Is Dangerously Drunk
 
     •   A Drunk Driving Conviction Could Cost You, Too.

The following figures represent an average and may not show the actual figures. First time offenders with a clean record can count on spending about $5,000.00.  These figures were prepared by: The Governor's Highway Safety Bureau in Massachusetts.

Cost to tow your car

$ 50.00

Car storage fee per day 

$ 30.00

Magistrates nighttime bail fees

$ 25.00

Defense Attorney's fee

$2,500.00

Minimum Fine

$500.00

Victim witness fee

$ 75.00

Surcharges

$100.00

License reinstatement fee

$300.00

Alcohol Education Program

$527.00

Court Costs

$250.00

Probation fee

$360.00

Total

$4,717


The scariest SECOND HAND EFFECTS of heavy drinking:

Drunk driving-related deaths, Sexual Assault, Fatal falls due to intoxication, Shattered trust and lingering feelings of anger and resentment, Destroyed relationships with family and friends.

Myth 1: "I'm more fun when I drink"

Truth: When you're drunk, you are not having fun. A drunken fool slurs his/her speech, stumble all over the place and pukes up food. You become everyone else's entertainment.

Myth 2: "Everyone drinks heavily at parties so they can relax and hang out."

Truth: Most people aren't drinking heavy at these parties. There are only a few idiots  who are. You might be one of them. These few get so trashed that they embarrass themselves, or endanger other people. They want to fight everyone who looks at them badly and prove to everyone that their superhuman.

Myth 3: It's no one else's business how much I drink. I can handle it."

Truth: Your selfish drinking effects everybody. Late at night, you're the one pounding on doors and making noise as you pass down the hallway. Your the one banging on your own door to wake your roommate up because either you forgot your key, or you don't how to use it anymore.

Myth 4: "If I didn't drink I wouldn't have anything to do at college."

Truth: Wake up. Perhaps you need to look outside your window or take a  walk around campus. There are clubs, sport teams, and organizations all over Worcester State College.

Myth 5: "I'm having my fun now. When I graduate, I'll get my act together."

Truth: If you get drunk all of the time, you're going to miss classes, stop studying or avoid activities that will help you graduate. Hello! If you don't do these things, you don't graduate. What you'll have when you leave is a drinking problem. This is even if you manage to graduate. Many people have left college with alcoholism after college years.

Myth 6: "I only drink to socialize."

Truth: Social drinking doesn't mean getting tanked. A few beers is one thing, but a six-pack is another. Trying to out shot people at a party is not socializing, it's stupidity.

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BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL and YOU

BAL.  .02%-.03%

You feel mildly relaxed and a little lightheaded. Your inhibitions are slightly loosened, and whatever mood you were in before your started drinking may be mildly intensified.

BAL. .05%-.06%

You fell warm and relaxed. If you're the shy type when you're sober, you lose your feelings of shyness. Your behavior may become exaggerated, making you talk louder or faster or act bolder than usual. Emotions are intensified, so your good moods are better and your bad moods are worse. You may also fell a mild sense of euphoria.

BAL. .08%-.09%

You believe you're functioning better than you actually are. At this level, you may start to slur your speech. our sense of balance is probably off, and your motor skills are starting to become impaired. Your ability to see and hear clearly is diminished. Your judgment is being affected, so it's difficult for you to decide whether or not to continue drinking. Your ability to evaluate sexual situations is impaired. You have "beer goggles", but this BAL can have serious repercussions.

BAL. .10%-.12%

At this level, you feel euphoric, but you lack coordination and balance. Your motor skills are markedly impaired, as your judgment and memory. You probably don't remember how many drinks you've had. Your emotions are exaggerated, and some people become loud, aggressive, or belligerent.

BAL. .14%-.17%

Your euphoric feelings may give way to unpleasant feelings. You have difficulty talking, walking or even standing. Your judgment and perception are severely impaired. You may become more aggressive, and there is an increased risk of accidentally injuring yourself or others. This is the point when you may experience a blackout.

BAL. .20%

You feel confused, dazed, or otherwise disorientated. You need help to stand up or walk. If you hurt yourself at this point, you probably won't realize it because you won't feel the pain. If you do injure yourself, chances are that you won't do anything about it. At this point you may experience nausea and start vomiting.

BAL. .25%

All mental, physical, and sensory functions are severely impaired. You're emotionally numb. High risk of seriously injuring yourself by falling or by other accidents.

BAL. .30%

You're in a stupor. You have little comprehension of where you are. You may pass out and have difficulty waking up.


BAL. 35%

This blood alcohol level also happens to be the level of surgical anesthesia. You may stop breathing at this point.

BAL. 40%

You are probably in a coma. The nerve centers controlling your heartbeat and respiration are slowing down, s-l-o-w-i-n-g d-o-w-n, s-l-o-w-i-n-g d-o-w-n. It's a miracle if you're not dead.

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THINGS NEVER TO DO WHEN SOMEONE IS DANGEROUSLY DRUNK:

1. NEVER put a drunk person in a cold shower!

The shock of the cold could cause them to become unconscious.

2. NEVER give a drunk person food, liquid, or any kind of medicine to sober them up.

Anything in the mouth of a semiconscious person can cause vomiting, choking, or inability to breathe.

3. NEVER allow the person to exercise.

The likelihood is that the drunk person will injure him/her self or you.

4. NEVER laugh at, make fun of, or provoke the person.

Alcohol can make a person feel invincible. Egging on the drunk person could cause him/her to do something dangerous that could result in injury to them, you, or others. And even minor provocation an cause a happy drunk to become an upset or violent one.

5. NEVER  allow the person to drive a car, boat, bike, or any other vehicle.

You should know why not.

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