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Facts about Alcohol

The information below appears on a wallet-size card given to every freshman. The cards, which include emergency phone numbers, are good for a 25-cent discount on any beverage at the 24-hour Student Center coffeehouse.

MIT is committed to enforcing all state laws regarding the consumption, purchase and serving of alcoholic beverages. Students found to be in violation of these laws and/or related MIT policies are subject to disciplinary action. For additional alcohol policy information, please visit <>.

Most MIT students drink safely and many don't drink at all. Whatever your choice, the following tips may help you or a person in need.

Signs of a potential problem:

  • Consuming a large quantity of alcohol quickly
  • Impaired motor control (stumbling, cannot walk, etc.)
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech

If you notice any ONE of the above signs:

  • Stay with the person (or be sure someone else does)
  • Ensure the person is lying on their side
  • Call Campus Police (dial 100) for advice or escort
  • Contact a GRT, Housemaster or RA.
  • If unsure, call MIT Medical at any time (x3-1311)

The following are symptoms of alcohol poisoning (which is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY):

  • Breathing fewer than eight times per minute
  • Passed out, appears unconscious, or cannot be wakened
  • Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin
  • Vomiting while sleeping or passed out
  • No pulse, stopped breathing

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 20, 2000.

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