Save A Life: at high doses, alcohol can be deadly! It is important that you know the signs and symptoms of an alcohol overdose (acute alcohol intoxication):


Signs of an Alcohol Overdose:

  • Irregular breathing (lapses of more than 8 seconds between breaths)
  • Person cannot be woken up
  • Person is unconscious or semi-conscious
  • Seizures
  • Skin color is pale or bluish
  • Skin is cold, clammy
  • Slow breathing of 8 or less breaths per minute
  • Vomiting

What to Do:

  • Stay Calm
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately
  • Contact an RA if in the Residence Hall
  • Turn the person on their side to avoid choking
  • Stay with person until help arrives

North Dakota does have the medical amnesty law for alcohol-related emergencies. This law states: 


"An individual under twenty-one years of age is immune from criminal prosecution under this section

if that individual contacted law enforcement or emergency medical services and reported that another individual under twenty-one years of age was in need of medical assistance due to alcohol consumption, provided assistance to the individual in need of medical assistance until assistance arrived and remained on the scene, or was the individual in need of medical assistance and cooperated with medical assistance and law enforcement personnel on the scene. the maximum number of individuals that may be immune for any one occurrence is five individuals" More information can be found: http://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t05c01.pdf


The Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO at VCSU is a brief self-assessment that will provide you with accurate and detailed information about your personal risk along with harm reduction strategies... Click here for more information