Alcohol & Drug Awareness
Drug & Alcohol Safety
Considerations For When You Decide to Drink
- Plan your drinking. Think about how much you want to drink before you drink. Remember that food, attitude and the environment affect your susceptibility to alcohol.
- Take care of yourself. Don't put yourself in a situation where other people might have to take care of you, as they might not be willing to do so.
- Be aware that alcohol and drugs compromise your awareness and your ability to identify and act on your feelings. They also increase the opportunity for victimization. Studies have shown that being under the influence of alcohol/drugs is a contributing factor in many date rapes.
- Be aware that drinking games put you at risk for binge drinking, since most games encourage drinking a lot in a short period of time.
- Don't ever force or pressure anyone to drink or spike drinks. This is rude, harmful and could be fatal. Respect others' decision not to drink.
- Don't drink and drive. If you're in a group, designate a non-drinking driver who is responsible for getting everyone home safely.
- When socializing, pair up with other friends. Stick together and don't let a friend go off alone with someone they've just met.
Know What to Do in an Alcohol Emergency
If you're with someone who has had too much to drink, don't let the person drink more. Help the person avoid dangerous situations such as driving, wandering outside and sexual encounters.
Drinking too much alcohol can result in serious medical problems. Do not allow the person to just "sleep it off". Call 911 and seek medical attention immediately. If the person is unconscious, put the person on his / her side to prevent choking if vomiting occurs and immediately place a call for help.
Stay with the person until help arrives.
Laws & Enforcement
Virginia Law, Alcohol Consumption and Victimization
Virginia law prohibits the sale or possession of alcoholic beverages to or by any person under the age of 21. The University discourages consumption of alcoholic beverages by underage individuals.
Alcohol abuse is a major factor in crime and victimization.
Driving Under the Influence
Blood-Alcohol Level (BAL) is the percent of alcohol present in the blood. It is illegal to operate a vehicle in Virginia with a BAL above .02 for drivers under age 21 and at/above .08 for drivers age 21 and over.
Many people view the possession of a fake ID as "No Big Deal." In fact, the State of Virginia views the possession of a fraudulent ID as a VERY big deal. The mere possession of an identification card or driver's license that purports an underage person to be over the age of 21 is a class 1 misdemeanor offense in Virginia.
The sale or manufacture of a fraudulent identification card or driver's license is a higher level felony offense and is aggressively investigated and prosecuted.
University Police - Enforcement
As applicable, University community members are held accountable for their actions through State law, city ordinance and the student judicial systems: University Hearing and Appeals System (UHAS)
University Alcohol and Drug Policies
Longwood University fully supports Federal laws that require academic and working environments to be free from illicit drug and alcohol use. The Student Handbook outlines the unlawful possession and use of drugs and alcohol and describes a variety of assistance programs for students and employees.
If you would like professional confidential counseling about alcohol and or drug usage and you are a Longwood student, contact:
- Counseling Center (confidential)
- Student Health and Wellness Center
Binge Drinking, Rape Drugs, Driving Under the Influence, and Drug Laws - Facts & Information