The University of Minnesota Code of Conduct and for Code of Conduct for Education Abroad states that alcohol may be consumed, but not abused, by students who are of legal age in their host countries. Students who choose to consume alcohol do so with the knowledge that they remain responsible for their actions at all times.
The University of Minnesota has a zero tolerance approach to drug use while abroad. Students using drugs abroad may immediately be removed from the program at their own cost.
If you have questions about the University’s alcohol and drug policy, call or email your Learning Abroad Center program Contact.
Accidents and injuries are common among those who consume too much alcohol. Alcohol impairs judgment, coordination, perception, and concentration. Impairment of these skills can result in a range of accidents, including falling down a flight of stairs or tripping on the sidewalk. The injuries resulting from such accidents can be minor or they can be severe. Within the past few years a number of college students have died in accidents abroad while intoxicated. These accidental deaths include several students who have fallen from balconies or bedroom windows, drowned in lakes or ponds on the way home from a party, or tripped on the sidewalk.
Alcohol, when used to excess, can cause alcohol poisoning. The effects of alcohol poisoning can range from vomiting to falling into a coma and subsequent death. Too much alcohol can cause vital organs, such as the heart and lungs, to slow down and even stop, which results in death. Very often someone who dies from alcohol poisoning passes out and is allowed to “sleep it off.” This is a mistake. If you are in the presence of a fellow student who exhibits any of the signs above, the student should receive immediate attention. Call your program's 24/7 emergency contact.
Most sexual assaults involve the use of alcohol. Alcohol misuse can result in impaired judgement. See Sexual Assault page for more information.
Food slows down the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream and gives your body more time to metabolize the alcohol and get it out of your system. Foods that are high in protein or high in fat are especially effective. Beverages, such as water or anything carbonated, will result in increased absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream.
Some drinks are stronger than others, but in general a 1 ounce shot, a 12 ounce beer, a mixed drink, or a 4 ounce glass of wine all contain about .05 ounces of alcohol. Some mixed drinks and some types of beer contain more than .05 ounces of alcohol.
In general, women will be more affected by the alcohol they consume. Women typically have a higher percentage of body fat and will absorb more of the alcohol they consume. Women also tend to have less of a certain enzyme, ADH, which helps to break down alcohol in the stomach.
It takes the liver about an hour to metabolize the amount of alcohol contained in a standard drink (.05 ounces of alcohol). Drinking coffee or taking a cold shower will not speed up the process.
Rohypnol and GHB are two drugs that are often used to incapacitate a victim. They are virtually odorless and tasteless and can be easily dissolved in any drink. When either of these drugs is consumed, you can suffer from poor decision-making, loss of consciousness, or the inability to remember events that took place while under the influence. You may have been drugged if you:
If you think you may have been drugged, ask a friend to stay with you and take you to a hospital. At the hospital, request that the hospital take a urine sample to test for drugs in your system.