Think If You Drink

At The University of Iowa we are committed to the health and safety of our students. Part of this commitment involves constructing a policy towards alcohol and drugs that will reduce the harm that can result from unsafe consumption and harboring an environment where moderation is the guiding principle. As part of our policy, we support our students’ ability to make their own choices, and fully trust in their capacity to practice responsibility in those choices. Accordingly, we see it as our role to provide our students with the education and advocacy necessary to do that.

  • Drinking should not be the primary focus of any activity.
  • Don't party with strangers or by yourself, only drink with people that you know and trust.
  • Party only in a familiar, safe, and comfortable environment.
  • Watch your drinks.
  • Do not mix different types of alcohol.
  • Do not drink on an empty stomach.
  • Space your drinks. One drink per hour is a good rule of thumb.
  • Use alcohol carefully in connection with other drugs. This includes over-the-counter drugs such as sleeping pills and cold or cough medicines. Alcohol should be avoided while taking certain antibiotics, arthritic, anti-depressant, and many other prescription medications. Check with your physician or pharmacy before you drink while on any prescription drug.

Help your friends: Responsible Action Protocol

The health and safety of its students is of primary concern to the University of Iowa. The UI is aware that students are sometimes reluctant to seek medical attention in alcohol and drug related emergencies out of fear they may face University sanctions related to possessing or consuming alcohol or drugs. Because these emergencies are potentially life threatening, the University of Iowa wants to do what it can to reduce barriers that prevent students from seeking assistance.

University staff members are available to provide medical assistance to students whose health is at risk due to excessive consumption of alcohol and/or drug abuse. When someone is in danger, a student should not hesitate to contact a staff member or to call 911. In most situations, administrators will not impose disciplinary sanctions on the caller or on the impaired student if timely action is taken to alert emergency personnel.


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