Effects of Alcohol on an individual:
- Acts as a central nervous system depressant, which affects mostly the brain.
- It slows down the ability to think and react.
- It slows down the ability to use small muscle control.
- As a person continues to drink, it affects their ability to breath.
- Impairs judgment, decision making, reaction time, and vision.
Who is at risk?
- Any person that has a family history of alcohol abuse.
- Certain groups, including athletes, fraternity and sorority members.
- Individuals that are struggling academically.
- Individuals that are struggling with family or relationship issues.
Consequences of consuming alcohol:
- Getting arrested and going to jail.
- May be placed on probation.
- Paying expensive fines.
- Losing academic credit or financial aid, or worse, being suspended or expelled.
- Inability to obtain employment.
Underage drinking has severe consequences and LSU Police takes this very seriously!
The legal BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) for a person under 21 is .02g%. This is typically only TWO drinks! If driving while intoxicated, you are subject to arrest. Refer to LRS 14:98.
In 2018, LSU revised PS-78 (Policy Statement 78 - Serving, Possessing and Consuming of Alcoholic Beverages) given that misuse of alcohol has been identified as a primary negative behavior that can contribute to hazing.
Know What to Do in an Alcohol Emergency:
- Drinking too much alcohol can result in serious complications. Do not allow someone to “sleep it off”.
- If vomiting occurs and the person is unconscious, put the person on his/her side to prevent choking.
- Call 911 and seek medical attention immediately. Stay with the person until help arrives.