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

Look out for yourself.

  • 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, be aware of the many strategies that are available to minimize undesirable experiences.
    • Balance fun with getting work done
    • Buddy up: Find a designated driver or walker
    • Make friends who don’t drink [excessively]
    • Eat a meal before drinking
    • Double up: drink water
    • 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 (BAC) and calculate your own 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.

Look out for others.

  • Know the signs of alcohol poisoning
    • 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, depending on the type of substance consumed.
  • Understand Temple’s Medical Amnesty Policy 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 (NIAAA)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Learn more about Temple University policy about alcohol and other drug use on campus.

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