Social Effects of Alcohol/Drugs

Question:

How many times on average, do addicts relapse before quitting successfully?

Answer:

"This question can’t be answered with an absolute. Every person is different and has different struggles and challenges when pursuing sobriety. Some may never relapse and others may relapse a few times before becoming sober. Additionally, relapses can occur at any time. It really depends on each individual person. "

Question:
I like to drink to get tipsy but not drunk. What BAC Level should I maintain in order to feel the effects of alcohol without drinking over my limit and getting sick or worse?

Answer:

"In order to maintain the fun, euphoric effects of alcohol without getting to the point of diminishing return (becoming drunk, vomiting, blacking out etc.), you should try to maintain a BAC Level between .05-.06."

Question:
My student organization is throwing a party in a few weeks and I was told I have to be “Responsible Alcohol Management Trained”. What does a RAM trained individual do at parties?

Answer:
"Great Question!! RAM trained individuals have very important roles at parties where alcohol will be provided."

RAM trained individuals  must make sure food and nonalcoholic beverages are available, ensure (all policies) are being followed and alcohol is distributed properly and they must contact UPD or security as needed for the health and safety of the guests.

Question:
I went to a party last week and this really drunk guy was jumping around, screaming obnoxious comments, and spilling his drink on everybody. To avoid causing a scene what are safe ways to calm down a person who is intoxicated and rowdy?

 Answer:
"There are two great ways to deal with a person who is rowdy or intoxicated. You can distract them away from alcohol or the situation by dancing, taking them outside, leaving the situation or giving them food and/or non-alcoholic drinks pretending it is alcohol. Whichever intervention you choose make sure you’re on the same level when talking to them even if this means getting them to sit down. Do not touch the person or argue with them."

Question:

I’m turning 21 next week and plan on throwing a really huge party. I want to make sure that everyone is having fun and drinking responsibility so the night doesn’t end poorly. Do you have any tips on how I can host a fun yet vomit free event?

Answer:
"First of all Happy Birthday to you!!  Its great that you want be a responsible party host! Here are some tips to reduce the likeliness of your guests getting over intoxicated.  Have food and non- alcoholic beverages available, have activities other than drinking such as games and dancing, have RAM trained people watching the crowd, don’t over serve people alcohol and only serve one type of drink at a time."

Question:
What happens to a summer intern staying in the dorm if they violated the alcohol policy?

Answer:
Incidents involving temporary residents/interns of University housing who are not enrolled in academic courses at the University are addressed by GW Housing Programs.  All residents of University housing, including registered students and temporary residents/interns, are required to adhere to the policies of the University as detailed in the Housing License Agreement signed with GW Housing Programs.

Summer guests who are not academic year GW students get a written warning if they are documented policy. If a second violation occurs, of any policy, we have the ability to evict the resident without refund. The circumstances of the behavior would be considered whether we want to evict or not.

Question:
Where can I get a fake ID?

Answer:
While I appreciate your honest inquiry, I want to let you know that CADE does not support drinking by any persons underage.  It is illegal to obtain a fake ID and in this day and age, post 9-11, in Washington, DC of all places; I don’t think you want to go around lying about your identity.  Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) works closely with other agencies, including UPD, to enforce District and federal laws.  MPD routinely arrest underage students who possess alcohol or use a fake ID to purchase it. 

I checked the “Code of Student Conduct” and found that the implications of having a fake ID at GW are serious.  Students found to have a false ID will face judicial action by the University and in some instances, students are arrested.  The “Code of Student Conduct” lists a recommended minimum sanction of disciplinary probation for possession of a fake ID and suspension or expulsion for manufacturing or selling fake IDs.  It would be in your best interest to not continue looking for a fake ID and instead wait until alcohol is legal for you to purchase and consume.

Question:

What are the possible health effects of alcohol consumption?

Answer:

Moderate use of alcohol can be an enjoyable, safe experience if used with caution. If you do choose to drink, sip each drink slowly, and always consume alcohol with food and drink plenty of water before, during and after consuming alcohol.  Ask yourself these questions:

·         Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?

·         Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?

·         Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?

·         Have you ever had a drink the first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover?

If you answered yes to one question, you may have a problem with alcohol.  More than one yes answer makes it highly likely that a problem exists.  If you feel you have a problem with alcohol, please contact CADE for more information or the University Counseling Center at 202-994-5300.

Question:
What is GW Policy for maintaining alcohol violations records?

Answer:
The office of Student Rights and Responsiblity keeeps records associated with all types of University policy violations, including but not limited to, alcohol violations.  Under Article 39 of the “Code of Student Conduct” it indicates that “The files of students found in violation of any prohibited conduct will be retained as a disciplinary record until their graduation.”  Students can request to review their disciplinary history by submitting a Judicial Record Request from the SJS website (http://gwired.gwu.edu/osjs/).

As indicated in the “Code of Student Conduct,” a student may request to have their disciplinary record be removed, upon written request of the student, no sooner than one year after the finding of fact for the case.  These requests are reviewed by the Associate Dean of Students or their designee.  Student wishing to petition the University to have their disciplinary records be removed must submit an Expungement Request from the SJS website.  It is important to note that an expungement request is not automatically granted by the University and will be considered based upon such factors as the current demeanor of the student, the student’s conduct subsequent to the violation, and the nature of the violation, including the severity of any other student’s damage, injury or harm.  

Question:

If I receive an alcohol violation, will my financial aid or academic scholarship be affected?

Answer:

If you receive an alcohol violation and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibility sends you a warning letter or you have a disciplinary hearing. Financial aid or academic scholarships are only affected when you are suspended or expelled since you will have to reapply. In some incidents if you receive removal of housing that may affect it, depending on what your financial aid or academic scholarships lists as requirements.  You should check with your financial aid or academic scholarships specifically because they might list stipulations of keeping the funds.   

Question:

What technological steps are being made to increase the difficulty of counterfeiting IDs?

Each state has their own process for creating identification cards that are difficult to falsify.  Those steps are supported by the Secret Service, as falsifying government identification cards is a federal crime.  Holograms and Polycarbonate (PC) security laminates are some of the new steps many states are taking and there is more information about that HERE.  If you have more questions regarding the criminality of counterfeiting identification cards, you might want to check in with the GW Police Department as they might have more information for you there.      

Question:

Can lack of sleep affect your blood alcohol levels if you drink?

Answer:

When you’re tired your liver is less efficient at eliminating alcohol, because of your low energy level . So drinking  the same amount of alcohol when you’re tired will result in a higher BAC than when you’re rested. Lack of sleep when consuming alcohol also enhances the affects alcohol has on your body. Reduced alertness, a symptom of sleep deprivation, may potentially increase alcohol’s sedating effects.

www.alcohol.vt.edu/students/alcoholeffects/intoxfactors.htm

Question:

Can UPD and not emerge put an intoxicated person into the GWU Hospital?

Answer:

UPD will contact EMeRG to transport an individual who is showing signs of alcohol overdose to GW Hospital.

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