Medical Emergency – Alcohol Safety

In case of alcohol or another drug-related emergency:

  • Call 9-1-1
  • Stay with the individual until public safety officials arrive
  • Do not try to give the individual anything to eat or drink
  • Be prepared to give information on the amount and type of alcohol or substance consumed
  • At UF, the student Medical Amnesty Policy protects you and your friend from conduct action. When in doubt, always call for help!

The signs or symptoms of alcohol poisoning include (not all of these need to be present):

  • Confusion or stupor
  • Vomiting while passed out, not waking up after vomiting, or incoherent while vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Breathing is slow (less than 8 breaths per minute) or irregular, with 10 seconds or more between breaths
  • Weak pulse, very rapid pulse, or very slow pulse
  • Cold, clammy, pale, or very slow pulse
  • Cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin
  • Loss of consciousness: inability to wake a person with loud shouting or inability of a person to remain awake for more than 2-3 minutes or to carry on a coherent conversation when awake (semi-conscious)

Source: UF Dean of Students Office (DSO)


Division of Student Life – UF Medical Amnesty Policy Information

GatorWell – Alcohol & Other Drug Information

Version Date: October 2021