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Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice

Ed. by Wawrzynski, Matthew R.



College Student Assessment of the Signs of Alcohol Poisoning: To Dream the Impossible Dream

Donald A. Misch1

1University of Colorado at Boulder

Citation Information: Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Volume 48, Issue 2, Pages 159–172, ISSN (Online) 1949-6605, DOI: 10.2202/1949-6605.6152, May 2011

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Reliance on college student peer assessment of the signs of alcohol poisoning to prevent overdose deaths is, in most instances, an impossible dream, one that is both misleading and dangerous insofar as it fosters a false sense of security and enhances the perception of personal invulnerability. Although teaching the signs of alcohol poisoning should certainly continue, college students must understand that moderate and responsible drinking is the only reliable way to avoid death from alcohol poisoning.

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