Alcohol- and drug-related overdoses are serious. Know what signs to look for and what to do in an alcohol- or drug-related emergency by reviewing the information below.

Alcohol Poisoning

MUST HELP acronym with signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning
MUST HELP is an acronym created by the organization Aware Awake Alive to educate adolescents on the signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning.

If you suspect that someone has alcohol poisoning, even if you don’t see the classic signs and symptoms, seek immediate medical care. Use the acronym MUST HELP to identify the signs of alcohol poisoning.

Signs of alcohol poisoning may include:

  • Mental Confusion
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Snoring/Gasping for Air
  • Throwing Up
  • Hypothermia
  • Erratic Breathing
  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Paleness/Blueness of Skin

What To Do

If you or another individual is experiencing one of the symptoms listed above or any other concerning signs:

  1. Immediately contact emergency officials by calling 911 to report the incident.
  2. Remain with the individual(s) needing medical assistance, so long as it is safe to do so. Turn the person on their side (in the recovery position) to prevent choking in the event the person vomits.
  3. Cooperate with emergency officials. Give them as much information as possible, including any drugs or medications taken.

Medical Assistance Policy

The health, safety, and welfare of Auburn University students are of the utmost importance. As such, all students are expected to alert appropriate emergency officials in potentially serious or life threatening situations.

The Medical Assistance Policy aims to reduce barriers to seeking help and encourage students and student organizations to make responsible decisions in potentially serious or life-threatening situations involving alcohol, drugs, or other substances.

More information can be found in the Auburn University Code of Student Conduct.