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Last week we spent some time exploring consent and this week I want to share some information about another important topic: alcohol use and alcohol poisoning.

Of course, Cornell College has an alcohol policy and I’d be remiss to not share it with you.  You can go read it online.  I know some of you will choose to use alcohol underage, but I want to encourage responsible use of alcohol.

  • Compliance with State and Federal statutes regarding alcohol use, possession, and distribution;
  • Making informed decisions about whether and/or when to use alcohol;
  • Knowing your alcohol tolerance limits and not exceeding them;
  • Behaving in a way that is not disruptive or otherwise harmful to you or others when you are consuming alcohol;
  • Assuming accountability for your actions while under the influence of alcohol;
  • Avoiding binge drinking. The Harvard School of Public Health has established a nationally accepted definition of binge drinking as:
    • For women, drinking four or more alcoholic beverages per drinking occasion.
    • For men, drinking five or more alcoholic beverages per drinking occasion.
    • One alcoholic beverage is defined as one 12 oz. can/bottle of beer, one 5 oz. glass of wine, or one shot (1.5 oz.) of hard liquor.
  • Not coercing or forcing anyone of any age to consume alcohol;
  • Not coercing or forcing anyone to engage in sexual activity when either or both of you have been consuming alcohol;
  • Refraining from engaging or participating in drinking games.

You should also know Cornell has a Good Samaritan policy.  If there is a time when you are concerned about a friend using alcohol, and potential alcohol poisoning, our first priority is others’ safety and we want you to call for help.

A former student of mine shared this post with Huffington Post called “21 Lessons I Learned After One Year as a Sober 21-Year-Old.”  If you think you have a problem with alcohol, or know someone who might, I’d encourage you to check it out.  You can also take a free online screening that is anonymous and will help you to know whether drinking has become a problem for you.