BE SMART about Alcohol

by Erika Solloway on October 5, 2015

Take a moment to think about the last time you were put in a sticky situation that involved alcohol. Did you find that you or a friend of yours got too intoxicated? Did you feel nervous about something bad happening to a friend because you didn’t know when to call for help? Did you feel pressured to drink more than your limit? Were you concerned about how to still fit in even if you didn’t want to drink alcohol?

If you felt like any of those situations applied to you, this article is MUST READ!

How to learn your limit and stick to it:

  • NOT all drinks are equal! A serving size of beer (12 oz.), malt liquor (8-9 oz.), wine (5 oz.), and 80-proof spirits (1.5 oz.) are all things to keep in the back of your mind when you’re pouring drinks.

drink measurements

  • You’ve probably heard about Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), but do you know how quickly you can reach your own? Your BAC is the percentage of alcohol present per unit of blood. It’s basically a measure of intoxication within your body. Even if you may not think you’re too drunk to drive, your judgement may still be impaired. You can lower your BAC by reducing the amount of alcohol you drink and increasing the time in which you consume the alcohol (1 drink per hour instead of 1 drink per 30 mins).

Check out this link to see how quickly you can become intoxicated. The results may surprise you!

Know the signs to look for and how to get help when a friend may be in trouble from drinking too much:

  • Confusion, vomiting (especially vomiting when the person is passed out), seizures, irregular or slow breathing (less than 8 breaths a minute), blue-tinged or pale skin, low body temperature, or passing out (and they can’t be woken up)
  • If you see anyone displaying any of these signs, call 911 right away. If you need to leave the person to call for help, be sure to place the person on their side (with some support so they won’t roll back on their stomach), and immediately seek help.

alcohol poisoning

Drinking games can be a contributing factor to a person drinking more than they had originally planned. Here are some tips to avoid drinking games:

  • “I’ll skip this round.”
  • “I’m not good at these games.”
  • “I need to get some air, I can’t play this round.”
  • “No thanks, I’m not drinking tonight.”
  • Stand away from where drinking games are being played.
  • Walk around and mingle with people while holding a cup of soda or water.
  • Offer to be the sober driver in exchange for snacks and gas money. This way you can’t drink and there’s no pressure at all!

Remember, you can have an amazing time out without drinking alcohol!


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What is Project PACK?

by Julie Motchok on September 28, 2015


If you’re new to campus you might be wondering about the random baskets placed about that have strange pieces of paper tied to them. If you’re a returning student maybe you have just never noticed or paid attention to them before. Well it’s time to take notice.

Those baskets are collection sites for PROJECT PACK. What is PROJECT PACK you ask? Well, it is a non-profit organization that assembles and distributes Post-Assault Comfort Kits to victims of sexual assault throughout Massachusetts.

When a survivor of sexual assault arrives at a hospital the focus is mainly on health and evidence collection for possible prosecution. This process can be very lengthy and can take up to four hours to complete. Post-Assault Comfort Kits provide survivors with necessary items that they are unable to leave to get.

We need your help to make these bags possible. Donations to PROJECT PACK help a person who has gone through a traumatic event gain a little bit of their everyday life back. The list of basic necessities can be donated to eight different basket locations around campus. Below are listed some of the items you can donate to PROJECT PACK.

I bet most of you even have some new travel sized items hanging around in your room or at home. It only takes a moment to make a difference in someone’s life. Be the change:

Each bag contains the following items:

o             Individually wrapped toothbrush

o             Travel-size toothpaste

o             Travel-size mouthwash

o             Travel-size pack of tissues

o             Travel-size body lotion

o             Travel-size deodorant

o             Individually wrapped panty liner

o             Gum/mints

o             Lip balm

o             Individually wrapped wet wipe

o             Underwear (often taken into evidence)

o             Socks

o             Hair elastic

o             Comb or brush

Every 2 ½ minutes, somewhere in the United States, someone is sexually assaulted (calculated based on the National Crime Victimization Survey 2004). You can make a difference. Collections begin October 1st and last to October 30th.

Find a basket near you: : Outreach Education, Weygand Hall 1048; Center for Multicultural Affairs, Rondileau Campus Center 101; Athletics and Recreation, Tinsley 200; Staff Lounge, Boyden 105; Community Service Center, Burrill Office Complex, Suite 101; Student Affairs, Boyden 106; University and Community Partnerships, Moakley Center 213; and the Maxwell Library, Circulation Desk.PP2


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