Alcohol & Other Drug Education

Alcohol and Other Drug Education

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Consultation
  • M, W: 10:00am-3:00pm
    Tu, Th, F: 9:00am-4:00pm

Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Coordinator

  • health@umd.edu
    (301) 314-8123

  • Emergencies

    Call 911

The Alcohol and Other Drug Education program believes that, when students are provided with current and fact-based information about alcohol and other drug use, they are capable of navigating situations where substance use is prevalent and making decisions that reduce harmful consequences for themselves and their peers. Through peer-to-peer education and outreach, comprehensive programming, and by providing support and access to resources, the program empowers students to make safer decisions that will enhance their academic and personal success.

Before You Visit

Before visiting with the Alcohol and Other Drug Education Coordinator, you may find it helpful to check out eCheckup to Go, a brief, anonymous, an interactive tool that allows you to examine your own personal use of alcohol or marijuana, in comparison with other students, both at University of Maryland and nationwide.  

If you are experiencing significant distress please schedule an appointment with a trained substance abuse counselor in our Substance Use Intervention & Treatment Unit [SUIT hyperlink].

If you are experiencing a crisis or a mental health emergency during regular business hours, please visit the University Health Center or Counseling Center.

Services

Consultations

Individual consultations with a health educator, are available to address issues related to substance use. Appointments vary depending on the needs of the student, but may cover harm reduction strategies, advice on how to help a friend, or getting the most up-to-date information about alcohol or other drug-related topics. 

Meeting with a health educator can be a helpful step for many as they work to better understand their individual relationship with alcohol and other drugs, how to reduce the risks associated with substance use, or to get some advice about how to help a friend who may be experiencing a substance abuse-related issue.

Presentations

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Unit offers both peer educator and professional staff presentations.

  • Visit our Peer Programs page for more information about scheduling a Peer Education presentation or workshop (at least 2 weeks’ notice required).
  • For a professional staff presentation, program, interview, or consultation regarding alcohol and other drug programming or outreach, please email mmoore56@umd.edu (at least 2 weeks’ notice required).

Understanding Blood Alcohol Content

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is the concentration of alcohol in the blood and is typically expressed as a percentage.  For example, a BAC of 0.10% means there is one part alcohol for every 1,000 parts blood.   

Several factors can influence an individual’s BAC; including, but not limited to: 

  • Amount of alcohol consumed (see standard drink size below)
  • Duration/Speed of consumption
  • Body type/weight
  • Physiological differences between men and women 
  • If food is present in the stomach
  • If other medications are present in the body
Blood Alcohol Content Levels and Effects
0.02-0.03% Slight euphoria; mildly relaxed; some lightheadedness
0.04-0.06% Lowered inhibitions; minor impairment of reasoning and memory
0.07-0.09% Slight impairment of balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing; judgment is reduced; reasoning and memory are impaired, unable to accurately judge abilities
0.10-0.125% Significant impairment of motor coordination and judgment; speech may be slurred; balance, vision, reaction time, and hearing will be impaired
0.13-0.15% Gross motor impairment and lack of physical control; blurred vision and major loss of balance, judgment and perception are severely impaired
0.16-0.19% Vomiting may occur
0.20% Disoriented; may need help to stand/walk; blackouts are likely
0.25% Mental, physical, and sensory functions are severely impaired; increased risk of asphyxiation from choking on vomit
0.30% Stupor; little comprehension of surroundings
0.35% Coma is possible
0.40% and up Possible death due to respiratory arrest
Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

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The Gold Code is an awareness campaign to educate the campus community on reducing the risks associated with drinking alcohol. While we we want to make sure that if you do choose to drink, you choose to drink responsibly, we also recognize that 1 in 4 Terps choose not to drink alcohol, and the Gold Code celebrates that choice!

PREGAME WITH PROTEIN

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Before you start drinking, make sure to enjoy a meal high in protein (i.e. cheeses, meats, black beans, peanuts, etc.). Having protein-rich food in your system before you start drinking will help to slow the absorption of alcohol, which helps control your blood alcohol levels.

PACE, DON'T RACE

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If you decide to drink, there are many ways to pace yourself and make sure you have fun all night long! make sure to measure the amount of alcohol you put in the drink. Avoid taking drinks from someone you don’t know or from communal bowls as you may not be able to accurately measure the amount of alcohol in the drink. Have a system for keeping track of the number of drinks you consume.

LEAVE NO TERP BEHIND

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When going out for the evening, whether alcohol is involved or not, make sure to stay with a group of friends throughout the night. Before leaving for the evening, determine how everyone will get home safely. Take advantage of the University provided safe options; such as:

  • The UM Shuttle
  • Nite-Ride - 301-314-NITE (6483)
  • 24-hour escort service with UMPD - 301-405-3555

SOBER IS SAFEST

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Have a night to remember, not a night to forget! Alcohol poisoning occurs when a large amount of alcohol is consumed; typically over short period of time. Drink responsibly by avoiding activities that encourage consuming large amounts of alcohol (i.e. chugging, drinking games, etc.) and alternating alcoholic beverages with non-alcoholic beverages.