Who to call in an emergency
On Campus: Call Lehigh Police -
- 84200 from any campus phone
- 610.758.4200 from a cell phone or non-campus phone
- Blue Light Phone: press the button
Off Campus: Call the Bethlehem Police -
Alcohol Emergency Information
How to help a friend who has had too much to drink
Alcohol poisoning can be fatal. If someone has had too much to drink or hurt themselves while drinking, call for help immediately and stay with the person until help arrives. In cases of a potential head injury, even if the person regains consciousness, he or she must be evaluated immediately.
Signs of alcohol poisoning
- Inability to rouse the person with loud shouting or vigorous shaking
- Inability of a person who was passed out to stay awake for more than 2-3 minutes
- Slow or irregular breathing or lapses in breathing
- Weak pulse, very rapid pulse, or very slow pulse
- Cold, clammy, or bluish skin
- Vomiting while passed out, not waking up after vomiting, or incoherent while vomiting
What to do
- Don’t just let them "sleep it off."
- Call for help by calling Lehigh Police or Bethlehem Police (see above).
- Stay with the person until help arrives.
- Turn the person on his/her side to prevent choking if the person vomits.
- Be prepared to give the emergency medical personnel as much information as possible, including any drugs or medications taken.
What NOT to do
- Do not hesitate to call for help (see above). The person's life is in danger. Better to be safe than sorry.
- Do not leave the person alone. The person may seem to be okay, but the alcohol ingested may take some time to be absorbed before peak levels are reached in the brain.
- Do not leave the person lying on his/her back.
- Do not try to give the person anything to eat or drink.
- Do not put the person in a cold shower. The person could fall or the shock could make him/her pass out.