What does it mean when you “Black Out”? Blacked out doesn’t mean passed out, although you eventually do. It means you are walking around in “auto-pilot” – acting on instinct without an awareness of what’s going on around you. The high amount of alcohol makes your brain poisoned (i.e., “alcohol poisoning”) and kills brain cells – the ones you use are the ones you lose.
BE SELF AWARE! KNOW YOUR LIMITS!
The article “Your Brain on Booze” addresses “What happens when we become too drunk, and how to help a friend who’s had one (or five) too many.”
In addition the article is giving us an idea of how to Be a Samaritan. Take care of friends – Safety Tip #4
WARNING SIGNS OF ALCOHOL TO ALERT YOU TO DANGER FOR A FRIEND (INTOXICATED/OVERDOSE): If you see someone who seems to be passed out or if they have urinated or defecated on themselves – immediately call 911.
- Try to wake them up, ask them questions.
- If they are not making sense when they talk, not answering your questions or seem unconscious, turn them on their side. They can die from choking on their vomit. Call 911.
- If they are awake and able to talk, give them water, help them sit up so they can throw up. Continue giving them water to drink, a cold cloth to clean their face with, and call their parents.
- Pupils are dilated, they have shallow breathing, and low pulse – immediately call 911.
If you have to submit a friend to the ER, you will NOT automatically be tested or questioned for alcohol or drug use as well!
Check out the resources provided by your College or Community to find more information on where to go if you or a friend of yours needs help. You will find an overview on ULifeline – Your Online Resource for College Mental Health