Whether you choose to drink alcohol or not, while you are a student at UCI, you most likely will find yourself in a situation where you will have to make a decision around alcohol. We want you to be prepared to know what to do if you or a friend has had too much to drink.
To make it easy for you to remember, we call them the ABC’s of an alcohol emergency.
A – Is the person awake or alert?
B – Is the person breathing?
Is their heart beating?
C – Is the person’s skin cold or clammy?
If any one of these are a concern, call 911. It is important to stay with the person and make sure to not leave them unattended until help has arrived. Make sure the person is lying on their left side and not on their back to prevent choking from happening.
At UCI, we want to encourage a campus culture of active bystanders. By that we mean, students help each other when help is needed. Whether you directly intervene in the situation, call for help or enlist the help of a friend.
We want to hear from you if you have ever been in a situation where you had to help a friend. How did you intervene? What worked best?