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My roommate/friend is drunk. Should I let them sleep it off?

Absolutely not!

Even though the person may appear to be "sleeping it off," their blood alcohol level can still rise and create a life-threatening situation. Place the person on their side, maintain that position and stay with the person.  If you are on-campus, call Public Safety at extension 5111 and if you are off-campus, dial 911. Signs and symptoms of acute alcohol intoxication are; Confusion, unsteady gait, unconsciousness or semi-consciousness, slow respiration or lapses in respiration of more than 10 seconds. (Place your hands on the person's chest); Cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin. Remember that this can be a life-threatening emergency and when in doubt, call for help!!

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