Using alcohol is not inherently a problem. In fact, most Springfield College students who drink do so in a responsible manner. Sometimes, though, drinking gets out of hand. You might find yourself in a situation where there is heavy drinking that makes you uncomfortable, or you may be concerned about a friend's pattern of alcohol use.
Alcohol use differs from alcohol poisoning. Alcohol poisoning is an emergency that requires immediate help! Don’t hesitate to call the Department of Public Safety at (413) 748-5555.
How You Can Protect Our Pride
- Respect the choice of anyone who chooses not to drink. No one should be pressured to drink if they don't want to.
- Publicly let people know that it’s OK for someone not to drink. A statement like “If he’s not up for it, leave him alone” carries a lot of weight.
- Fake it. No one knows if the beverage in your cup is juice, water, or soda.
- Don’t be afraid to ‘cut off’ a friend when they’ve had enough.
- Provide a friend with non-alcoholic drinks and snacks.
- Remove a friend from the situation. Take them home if you need to.
- Stay with anyone who is intoxicated to ensure his or her safety and well being.
- Never let anyone drive home after drinking. If you are concerned about your designated driver, help everyone find a safe way home.
- Have a conversation with a friend about his alcohol use. It can be tough, so do it when you're both sober, and focus on the actions that concern you.
- Know the resources on campus for someone to seek help.
If you have questions or are concerned about your own drinking habits, there are some things you can do, too.
- Experiment with drinking less. You might drink on fewer nights, have fewer drinks when you go out, alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and make sure you eat before and while drinking.
- Seek help from a professional.