An alcohol emergency–often called alcohol poisoning–is a much more critical situation than alcohol use. Alcohol poisoning is a true emergency situation, and must be responded to immediately. Call the Department of Public Safety at (413) 748-5555. Don't worry about getting a friend in trouble; their safety is what's most important.

Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning

  • The person is unconscious or semi-conscious. You may have a hard time waking them up and they will not stay awake.
  • The person has cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin.
  • They are breathing very slowly (less than 8 breaths per minute) or irregularly (more than 10 seconds between breaths).
  • They don't respond if you pinch their skin.
  • They vomit while passed out.
  • They have a seizure.

Any one of these symptoms is enough to get help. Don’t wait for someone to get worse before you intervene!

How You Can Protect Our Pride

  • Immediately check on anyone who may be showing any signs of possible alcohol poisoning.
  • If you notice someone passed out, vomiting, incoherent, unable to answer simple questions, call the Department of Public Safety at (413) 748-5555 immediately.
  • If someone is passed out, roll them onto their side and stay with them until help arrives.
  • If they vomit, clear their airway by sweeping out material from their mouth.
  • Do not give the person food or fluids.
  • Be prepared to tell the responders how much they've had to drink and if they used any other substances. Cooperate with the responders.
  • Do NOT leave the person alone.