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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:

Risk Reduction Strategies

  • Eat before and during alcohol consumption
  • Stay hydrated; 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

Student Code of Conduct

The University expects that all members of the University community and their guests who choose to use or serve alcoholic beverages will do so in a responsible manner and in accordance with state and federal laws. The primary purpose of the University’s policies governing the use of alcoholic beverages and of its related programs and services are:

  • To promote responsible attitudes regarding alcohol use and responsible behavior among all members of the University community.
  • To educate individuals concerning the use and effect of alcohol in order to encourage responsible decision-making.
  • To make assistance available to individuals who may be experiencing difficulty associated with the use, misuse, or abuse of alcoholic beverages.

Read the Student Handbook.

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