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Be Healthy and Safe on Campus

For most college students, weekend and late night activities serve as a relief to the daily rigors of academic life. Spending time with peers provides a chance to relax, strengthen friendships and have fun. While some students choose to spend time responsibly, other students may participate in underage and high-risk drinking. Ultimately, you’re in charge of your own college experience. Make the most of it by choosing to be healthy and safe.

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The College Guide to Alcohol Education and Prevention

Virginia ABC’s “College Guide” provides insightful and practical information and tips for college students. Get the full picture about Virginia laws, being an active bystander, recognizing signs of alcohol poisoning and dealing constructively with the stress associated with college. It’s a time of great excitement and possibility—make the most of it by being healthy and safe.

Download our College Guide today! (PDF)

Can You Recognize Alcohol Poisoning?

Binge drinking, or drinking more than four drinks at one time, can increase the likelihood of a drinker to have alcohol poisoning. Alcohol poisoning occurs when an excessive amount of alcohol is consumed, resulting in a high blood-alcohol concentration (BAC). A large volume of alcohol in the bloodstream causes the body and its major functioning organs like the brain to consequently shut down.

Immediately call 911 if anyone displays these symptoms:

  • Confusion
  • Slow or no reflexes or response
  • Difficulty or inability to remain conscious
  • Vomiting
  • Trouble breathing
  • Clammy, pale, or bluish lips
  • Seizures

Find additional tips on being an active bystander—and more—in Virginia ABC’s College Guide.

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Virginia ABC offers education and prevention programs for all age groups, as well as licensees, educators and community coalitions.

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Virginia ABC provides publications free to the public and some publications are also available for download.

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Virginia ABC offers Education and Prevention Grants as well as minigrant opportunities through our BOLT and YADAPP programs.

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Virginia ABC offers training to help sellers and servers become more responsible and better understand ABC laws, rules and regulations.

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Education and Prevention
(804) 977-7440

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The mission of Virginia ABC Education and Prevention is to eliminate underage and high-risk drinking by building the capacity for communities to educate individuals and prevent alcohol misuse.