Alcohol & Other Drugs: "What can I do?"

Find strategies that work best for you

There are a number of ways to have a safer experience if alcohol is in the mix!

  • No one has to know what’s in your cup—remember that it’s okay to choose not to drink.
  • If you do choose to drink, explore some ways to support your well-being and safety:
    • Balance fun with getting work done
    • Buddy up: Find a designated driver or walker
    • Make friends who don’t drink or don't drink excessively
    • Eat a meal before drinking
    • Double up: drink water between alcoholic drinks
    • Be aware of your surroundings/get your own drinks so you can keep track
    • Respect yourself and others
    • Speed limit: one drink per hour
    • Chill with friends instead of going to another party
    • Follow your gut
  • Learn about Blood Alcohol Concentration [PDF, 45.7 KB] (BAC) and calculate your own through a Blood Alcohol Calculator tool [URL] based on your individual context.
  • If you do choose to use other substances, know what you are consuming and where it came from.
  • Take care of yourself—help is available if you are struggling with using substances.

Join A Community of Care

  • Know the signs of alcohol poisoning [URL]
    • The person cannot be awakened
    • Breathing is slow or irregular
    • Vomiting while passed out
    • Skin is cold, clammy, pale, or blue
    • Intense confusion
  • Know the signs of a drug overdose [URL], depending on the type of substance consumed.
  • Understand Temple’s Medical Amnesty Policy [URL] and call TUPD (215-204-1234) to get help for someone who may need medical help because of intoxication from alcohol or any other drug. The caller and the intoxicated student will not be subject to disciplinary sanctions for their consumption of substances.

Find Accurate and Comprehensive Information

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism [URL] (NIAAA)

National Institute on Drug Abuse [URL] (NIDA)

National Institute of Mental Health [URL] (NIMH)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [URL] (SAMHSA) 


Review the Student Conduct and Community Standards webpage [URL] to learn more about Temple University's policy regarding alcohol and other drug use on campus.

Do you struggle with alcohol or other drugs? Take this screening assessment [URL], and learn more about campus resources [PDF, 941 KB] that offer help.