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Title: Alcohol Use and Abuse Online Training Module

Alcohol Use and Abuse Online Training Module

Program Safety Education Services Office of the
Dean of Students Division of Student Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin
  • Review actions to address common alcohol use and
    abuse problems
  • Describe legal and civil risks involved with
    alcohol service
  • Name reasonable efforts to avoid criminal and
    civil risks

Alcohol Pros Cons
  • Positives
  • Negatives
  • Fun
  • Good stories and hanging out
  • Meet people
  • Taste
  • Relaxing
  • Buzz
  • Having a hangover
  • Regretting behavior
  • Missing class
  • Blacking out (memory loss)
  • Arguing with friends
  • Getting behind in school work
  • Having unplanned sex

Alcohol Overdose
  • Critical medical situation if
  • Passed out and cannot be awakened or is
    semi-conscious but incoherent
  • Vomiting without awakening
  • Shallow, irregular breathing
  • Cold, clammy, pale, bluish skin
  • Seizures, convulsion, or rigid spasms

What to do?
  • Call 911 IMMEDIATELY
  • Put the person in the recovery positions (Bacchus
  • Stay with the person until help arrives

Alcohol Overdose
  • 1. Raise the arm that is closest to you above
    their head. Prepare to roll them towards you.
  • 2. Gently roll them toward you, guarding their
    head from hitting the floor. The head should rest
    in front of the arm, not on it.
  • 3. Tilt the head up to maintain airway. Tuck
    their nearest hand under the cheek to help
    maintain head tilt and raise the face off the

Someone Causing Problems?
  • Gauge your response to their behavior
  • Make clear statements. Speak to the point.
  • Use first person/I-statements
  • Be non-judgmental and non-threatening
  • Provide reason for your actions
  • Maintain control over the service of alcohol and
    over emotions
  • Call the police if a situation gets out of
    control. APD and UTPD are available to help.

Red Flags
  • Sets limits but cannot stick to them
  • Makes promises about drinking but breaks those
  • Lies or tries to hide drinking
  • Forgets or denies events that happened when
  • As if a different person, they behave differently
    when intoxicated compared to when sober

Red Flags
  • Avoids social functions where alcohol not
  • Feels guilty, embarrassed, or remorseful about
    words or behavior when intoxicated
  • High tolerance
  • Drinks in the morning to treat a hangover or
    avoid shakes

How to Respond
  • Pay attention to specific alcohol related
  • Share Your Concerns. For example When we go out
    and you specific behavior, I feel embarrassed,
    sad, concerned, etc
  • If they do respond, really listen to what they
  • State your expectations clearly, ask for what you
  • For example I think it might be time for you to
    talk to someone
  • Offer to help them find help
  • Contact the UHS Health Promotion Resource Center
    at (512) 475-8252 or
  • Counseling Mental Health Center at (512)

Legal Issues
  • Civil Liability
  • Social host, any person, or group of individuals
  • Held financially responsible if someone hurt,
    damages property, or causes injury
  • Serving alcohol to minors or other individuals
  • Obvious drunk or minor involved in car accident
    resulting in death or injury
  • Avoid liability by not serving alcohol

Common Law Negligence
  • Often used in civil and criminal law
  • Helps determine level of responsibility
  • Carelessness vs. Negligence
  • Negligence vs. Diligence
  • Recover financial compensation for negligence
  • Impact of stress on you, your organization,
    family, and friends

University Policy
  • Clearly prohibits underage drinking and other
    violations consistent with state law
  • Student(s) subject to discipline whether conduct
    takes place on or off campus or whether civil or
    criminal penalties are also imposed for such
  • Ignorance of the policy does not protect from
    disciplinary action
  • Important to become familiar with UT policies
  • Go to

University Policy - AMECH
  • AMECH Alcohol Medical Emergency Call for Help
  • Free service to currently enrolled UT students
  • Avoid disciplinary action from Student Judicial
  • Call 911 to be referred to SJS for suspected
    alcohol incident
  • Eligible student(s) referred to education and
    consultation without formal disciplinary action
  • Declining education or failing to comply makes
    you subject to formal disciplinary action
  • More information, call SJS at (512) 471-2841

State Laws
  • Many students familiar with state laws
  • Underage, excessive drinking, and
    alcohol-influenced behavior most common
  • Impaired driving commonly problematic
  • Many tolerant of permissive drinking and driving
    minimize negative consequences
  • Find least drunk person for designated driving
    instead of sticking to sober driving instead
  • Many unfamiliar with Affirmative Link
  • Go to

Protect Yourself
  • Reasonable Efforts
  • Hire a third party vendor
  • Prevent service of alcohol to minors (check IDs)
  • Always maintain control over the service of
  • Avoid self-serve containers (use bartender or
    beer bottles)
  • Watch out for problem drinkers and intervene

Protect Yourself
  • Reasonable Efforts
  • Sober Monitor Training Program
  • Have food non-alcoholic beverages available
  • Avoid drinking games
  • Call for help (fights, injury, or alcohol
  • Provide all guests a safe ride home
  • AlcoholEdu for Student Leaders available at

  • Symptoms of alcohol overdose include slow
    respiration, lapses in breathing skin
    irregularities and unresponsiveness.
  • The FIRST thing you should do if you suspect
    someone is experiencing an alcohol overdose is
    call 911.
  • When you are confronting someone who is causing
    problems when alcohol is present, it is best to
    use first-person/I-statements.
  • Red flags that indicate that a person may have an
    alcohol problem include drinking in the morning
    to treat a hangover, forgetting or denying events
    that happened when drunk, and setting limits but
    not sticking to them.
  • Alcohol Medical Emergency Call for Help (AMECH)
    is a free service to currently enrolled UT

  • A social host is a private individual or group of
    people who serve alcohol in a non-commercial
  • You can reduce risk and liability associated with
    alcohol by watching out for problem drinkers and
    intervene early, hiring a third party vendor, and
    preventing service of alcohol to minors.
  • Negligence reflects an individual falling short
    of what a reasonable person would be expected to
    protect another person from foreseeable risks of
  • Students and student organizations can be subject
    to university discipline for underage drinking,
    driving while intoxicated, and public

University Resources
  • Interventions, Referrals, and Treatment
  • UT 24-Hour CMHC Telephone Counseling Hotline
  • 512-471-2255
  • http//
  • UT 24-Hour Behavior Concerns Advice Line
  • 512-232-5050
  • http//
  • UT Center for Students in Recovery
  • 512-475-8252
  • http//

University Resources
  • Educational Materials and Training
  • Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
  • http//
  • UHS Health Promotions Resource Center
  • http//
  • Office of the Dean of Students
  • http//

Additional Questions
  • Discuss with your organizations leadership
  • Faculty/staff advisor
  • Risk Management Officer (or other officer)
  • Alumni members/organization
  • Contact Program Safety Education Services (PSES)
    in the Office of the Dean of Students
  • Phone 512-471-5017
  • Email
  • Web site http//

HB 2639 Risk Management Education Program
Planning Committee
  • A special thanks to the student, faculty, and
    staff members of the committee
  • Adrienne Mackenzie, Office of the Dean of
    Students (SALD)
  • Bobby Jenkins, U T Student Organization Safety
  • Chad McKenzie, Division of Recreational Sports
  • Christa Lopez, Office of the Dean of Students
  • David Cronk, Office of Campus Safety and Security
  • Diane Ginsburg, College of Pharmacy
  • Erik Malmberg, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Heather Davies, Counseling and Mental Health
  • Kathy Chung, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Kevin Prince, University Health Services
  • Linda Álvarez Alcántara, Office of the Dean of
    Students (SJS)
  • Marilyn Russell, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Manuel Gonzalez, Office of the Dean of Students

Review Your Knowledge
  • This concludes our presentation on drug
    possession, use, and abuse.
  • Following are ten questions to review your
    knowledge of the information presented in the
  • You must answer 8 of the 10 questions correctly
    to receive credit for completing this module.
  • Just click the Go To Review button.