There are many misconceptions, myths, and misunderstandings related to substance use.
Drinking and drug use can cause significant problems in all areas of your life from your grades to your relationships. A successful college experience is about making responsible choices!
- Medical Amnesty
UTC MEDICAL AMNESTY POLICY
What is medical amnesty?
This policy is designed to encourage students to get help for those in need and not worry about getting in trouble. It is putting safety and health of our community above the repercussions for violating UTC policies.
Who can use the policy?
Any student or student group.
When can a student use the policy?
If you call for help during an emergency before the authorities arrive (police, residence life, etc) you will be protected from UTC judicial action.
UTC Medical Amnesty Policy
Make the call, don't take the fall!!!
- High- vs Low-Risk Drinking
Designating a Driver.
Drinking and Driving.
Alternating non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages.
Playing drinking games.
Keeping up with how many drinks you have consumed.
Not knowing what you are drinking and how much alcohol is in it.
Knowing how your alcohol impacts your medications.
Mixing alcohol with medications.
Not drinking underage.
- Blood Alcohol Content
Knowing what your drinking, how much you are drinking, and how it is impacting your body is part of calculating your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). BAC refers to the percent of alcohol in a person's blood stream. A BAC of .10% means that an individual's blood supply contains one part alcohol for every 1000 parts blood.
Click here to visit the virtual bar and simulate your normal drinking patterns. The BAC calculator will measure your blood alcohol content and help you understand how each drink impacts you. Also, learn more about how what you eat, type of beverage your drinking, your gender, weight, and time impact your BAC.
Calculate your BAC
- Marijuana Facts
Before you make the choice to smoke pot, educate yourself about the impacts of marijuana use!
How does pot affect the brain?
What we know for sure is that pot changes more than just the way people feel. It also triggers a number of changes in brain function and behavior.
Let's consider just a couple of the main ones:
- Pot tilts the balance of chemicals in the brain that regulate mood, energy, appetite, and attention.
- It affects learning and memory processes, and can cause forgetfulness and reduced concentration.
- Pot also reduces logical thinking and calculation skills, and can impair a user's ability to perform complex tasks, including driving a car.
Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms:
- physical tension
- decreases in appetite and mood
- stomach pain
- physical tension
- increased aggression / anger
- strange dreams
- Prescription Drug Use
What You Need to Know about Prescription Drugs:
Have you ever used a friend’s prescription painkiller to get rid of a headache? Or taken a prescription stimulant to help you study the night before an exam? What about experimenting with someone else’s prescription medication to get high or feel good? If so, you’ve misused or abused prescription drugs, maybe without even knowing it.
- Educate yourself about medical use and misuse of prescription drugs— DrugWatch.com: This website offers information related to medications and drugs currently on the market. This is a great place to research your prescriptions, possible interactions, and side effects of prescriptions or over the counter drugs. It is important to know what you are taking!
- Don’t add prescription drugs to your repertoire of coping skills. Using stimulants to “get in the zone” and try to improve academic performance is not only dangerous, experts say doing so won’t improve your grades over time. But you will put your future at risk. Misusing pain relievers and sedatives will only mask your problems, not solve them.
- Misusing or abusing prescription drugs is just plain dangerous and can even be deadly. Taking these medications without a prescription or medical supervision of the risks—even once—can lead to serious problems, such as overdose and even death, especially if they are mixed with alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. That’s because these substances have synergistic effects—for example prescription pain relievers and alcohol both slow breathing; as a result, you can literally stop breathing by ingesting too much of both.
- It’s a slippery slope. Research shows that students who take prescription drugs for non-medical reasons are at least five times more likely to develop a drug abuse problem than students who don’t (McCabe, 2008).
- Be in the majority. Although prescription drug abuse is a big concern that puts young lives at risk, it’s important to remember that not everyone is doing it. Most college students know it’s not worth the risk to misuse or abuse prescription medications.
- Lock them up. Most college students get prescription medications from friends or family members either by asking for or stealing them. If you’ve been prescribed medication by your doctor, take it as directed, keep it in a safe and secure place and don’t be pressured into sharing it with friends or family. You could put your friends’ health at risk if you share your medications and it might be illegal to boot.
Help is Available
If you overhear a friend, roommate or teammate talking about misusing or abusing prescription drugs either to get high or feel good or help manage everyday
stressors, talk to him or her. It’s important to get help before things spiral out of control. Consult your resident assistant, college student health services, a family doctor or find a local treatment center by visiting the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) online treatment center locator at www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov. Contact the Counseling Center at 423-425-4438 for assistance.
Information and content for this webpage was provided by: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA).
- Sobering Up Myths
The Sobering Myths
Drinking Black Coffee: Caffeine will not help your liver metabolize alcohol, and neither will any of the other ingredients in coffee. Drinking coffee while drunk may actually have a negative effect: you may feel more alert and capable of driving when, in fact, you're still impaired.
Taking a Cold Shower: Unless your liver hops out and takes a shower with you, this will have no effect on your level of drunkenness. Like drinking caffeinated beverages, though, it could give you a false sense of alertness.
- Getting some Fresh Air: Like taking a cold shower, this may make you feel better - and even less impaired - but it has absolutely no effect on your BAC or liver. If you really like the feel of fresh air when you're intoxicated, consider walking all the way home.
- Exercising: While exercise does help the body eliminate some alcohol through sweating and breathing, the amount is negligible and won't affect your BAC. In fact, because alcohol impairs motor skills, a drunk person engaging in vigorous exercise may actually end up hurting him- or herself by falling or bumping into something.
- Eating Food: Eating before you begin drinking can slow the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream, but eating after you drink will have zero effect on your drunkenness.
- Drinking Lots of Water: Drinking liters of water once you're bombed will not make you okay to drive home; however, alternating a glass of water with a glass of alcohol throughout the night can help you consume less alcohol and so avoid becoming too impaired to operate a vehicle. Ample water consumption also helps minimize hangover symptoms after drinking.
Information Provided by: www.totaldui.com
- Know the Signs
Excessive drinking or binge drinking - consuming five or more drinks in one setting - is not cool or safe. So you're drunk... but did you realize that you're also suffering from acute alcohol poisoning? It's a medical condition that affects the body's central nervous system. It slows breathing, heart rate and gag reflex, and ultimately can cause death.
Know the signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning or drug overdose:
- Confusion, stupor
- Slow or irregular breathing (fewer than eight breaths/minute or more than 10 seconds between breaths)
- Blue-tinged skin or pale skin
- Low body temperature (hypothermia)
Call 911 - Just one of these symptoms is reason enough to call for help
If you call for help the worst thing that can happen is your friend stays alive. If you don't make that call the worst thing that can happen is death.
- Tennessee Social Host Law
What does state law say?
It is against the law for a host to knowingly allow an underage adult (defined as a person who is at least 18, but less than 21) to consume alcohol on property the host owns or controls. It is also illegal for a person to give or buy alcohol to any minor (persons under 18) for any purpose. A provision of this law states that hosts who allow minors to obtain alcohol or other unlawful substances can be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
DEFINITIONS WITHIN THE LAW:
Underage adult is defined as a person who is at least 18, but less than 21.
Property that the host owns, occupies, or has a lawful right to use.
What happens if an adult breaks the law?
Not specified in the law.
Can adult do anything to rescind the violation?
The host may be able to rescind the violation if they can demonstrate that they upon a reasonable belief that the underage adult was 21.
Can the adult be sued?
Finding of the General Assembly that it is the consumption of alcoholic beverage or beer rather than the furnishing that is the proximate cause of injuries inflicted upon another by an intoxicated person.
Information provided by: http://socialhost.drugfree.org/state/tennessee