The University of Portland is committed to reducing the risk of harmful alcohol and substance use in our community. Alcohol education can support a student's academic success and engagement in the campus community. The focus of alcohol education and harm reduction at UP is to help students understand associated risk factors and make legal, low risk choices about alcohol during college and in the future.

For students who choose to consume alcohol, we ask them Rethink Their Drink and consider these responsible use tips:

Positive Practices

  • Eat before and during alcohol consumption
  • Stay hydrated; Drinking plenty of water during the day & alternate water and alcoholic beverages
  • Set a limit before you begin drinking
  • Know your personal limit and keep track of your consumption
  • Stick with friends throughout the time
  • Make plans with friends for when and how to get home safely
  • Call for help when needed; Emergency? Call 911

Standard Drink Size

  • 12 ounces of regular beer, which is usually about 5% alcohol
  • 5 ounces of wine, which is typically about 12% alcohol
  • 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits, which is about 40% alcohol

*Note: Based on a variety of factors, alcohol will affect all individuals differently. A person of average body size metabolizes 1 standard drink/hour. Excess alcohol stays in the bloodstream until the liver can metabolize it.

Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol poisoning can be fatal; never leave someone to 'sleep it off'. Call 911 if someone has been drinking alcohol and is showing any of the following signs:

  • Possible head injury or confusion
  • Can't wake up even after vomiting
  • Slow or irregular breathing, weak or rapid pulse
  • Skin is pale or bluish; clammy or cold

While waiting for help:

  • Follow the directions given by the 911 dispatcher
  • DO NOT hang up until told to do so
  • Stay with the person until help arrives
  • Roll them on their side to avoid choking on vomit
  • Do not give them any food, water, or medication


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