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Be a Friend

Look out for your friends and help out when needed. It can be as simple as listening or as brave as stopping a situation from getting out of hand.

Being part of a community means that everyone has responsibilities to the community, which includes trying to keep it safe and recognizing the interdependence of all of its members (e.g., assisting others and treating others as you would want to be treated).

How to Make a Difference

Step 1 – Notice, be aware

Step 2 – Be ready to recognize potential problems

Step 3 – Take personal responsibility

Step 4 – Have the skills to intervene

Know the signs of a life-threatening alcohol overdose, which includes passing out, vomiting more than once, having fewer than eight breaths per minute or breaths spaced out by 10 or more seconds, and having blue lips and cold, clammy extremities.

Step 5 – Implement help!

If you see that someone is overdosed on alcohol, call for help and get immediate medical attention! (For more information, go to Alcohol Overdose Emergencies.)

Remember: Sticking together will lower the risk of running into dangerous or undesirable situations.

Raising a sensitive issue

Being a friend and not being a bystander goes beyond helping out during possible emergencies; it also involves raising sensitive issues. Consider these questions if you think a friend might have a drinking problem:

Remember: As a friend, it may be uncomfortable to intrude in someone's life. However, in the long run, you may help your friend avoid poor academic and job performance, unhealthy personal relationships, inability to deal with life's stresses, and long-term chronic health problems. You can schedule a consultation with a counselor at Boynton Chemical Health Services if you have concerns regarding you friend's chemical health.

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