Meet the CHECK

  • Alcohol depresses nerves that control involuntary actions such as breathing and the gag reflex (which prevents choking). A fatal dose of alcohol will eventually stop these functions.
  • About 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.3
  • About 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.4
  • Alcohol poisoning can lead to permanent brain damage or death, so a person showing any of these signs requires immediate medical attention.

Know the CHECK

Make sure to know and look out for the symptoms of alcohol poisoning:

  • Passing out
  • Confusion
  • Irregular breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Pale skin

If one or more of these symptoms are observed, take responsibility and get help.

Be the CHECK


To EagleCHECK situations related to high-risk drinking and alcohol poisoning, you can directly intervene, delegate, or distract to help someone. Some examples may include:

  • Call 911 for anyone showing signs of alcohol poisoning.
  • Have a Sober Sidekick.
  • Take the keys from someone who has been drinking and intends to drive.
  • Express concern for friends who are exhibiting problematic drinking behaviors. Contact the Counseling Center at (585) 395-2414.