Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs

Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs

Our Mission

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Education Program works to reduce the harm associated with high risk drinking, tobacco and drug use through education, collaboration, student leadership development, and provision of resources to support and encourage healthy choices.

Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol Poisoning is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY.  Over 1,700 college students die each year as a result of alcohol related causes, including alcohol poisoning.  Knowing the signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning can help you identify a potentially dangerous situation.

Aware, Awake, Alive: Signs & Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning

If you suspect that someone has alcohol poisoning, even if you don’t see the classic signs and symptoms, seek immediate medical care. In an emergency, follow these suggestions:

Learn more here about the Aware, Awake, Alive Campaign:

What To Do

  • Call 911 immediately if a person is suffering from any of the above symptoms
  • Turn the person on his/her side.
  • Focus on your friend’s health, not on keeping them or you out of trouble
  • Never leave them alone

How to Deal with the Intoxicated Person

  • Demonstrate concern for the person’s welfare.
  • Speak in a clear & calm voice in order to reassure them.
  • Find out what the person was drinking, how much they drank and how long they have been drinking.
  • Ask about any other drugs or medicines they may have taken.
  • Explain what you intend to do.
  • Arrange for someone to stay with the person who is vomiting.
  • Call for help if the person becomes uncontrollable or you sense an impending medical emergency.
  • As needed, encourage the intoxicated person to lie down and sleep.  Make sure they’re lying on their side to avoid choking should they start to vomit.
  • Check every 30 minutes for response and breathing for the first 2 hours and every hour thereafter.

What NOT to Do

  • Leave the person alone or assume that they will “sleep it off”.
  • Give the person a shower.
  • Give the person food or anything to drink (especially stimulants such as tea or coffee) to sober them up.
  • Induce vomiting.
  • Keep the person awake.
  • Never let an intoxicated person drive a motor vehicle or bike.
  • Write on them.
  • Walk them around.


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  • Alcohol and Other Drug Individual Sessions
  • Tobacco Cessation Individual Sessions
  • Alcohol Education Classes
  • Drug Education Classes
  • Classroom Presentations
  • Internship Opportunities


  • Sacramento State Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Program, 916-278-6026
  • Sacramento State Police Department, 916-278-6581
  • Sacramento State Counseling & Psychological Services, 916-278-6461
  • Sacramento State Safe Rides, 916-278-TAXI
  • Northern California Alcoholics Anonymous, 530-225-8955
  • Northern California Narcotics Anonymous, 707-422-9234
  • California Smokers’ Helpline, 1-800-No-BUTTS

Jesse Snow Grant

Jesse Snow, a 20-year-old Sac State student, was fatally injured in October 2001, following an evening of drinking at a local restaurant. At the request of parents, Patricia Metzger-Snow and Stephen Snow, the restaurant has made a $50,000 donation available to Sac State.

The Jesse Snow Memorial Grant Fund will return soon.  For more information, please contact Sabrina Word at

For medical or psychiatric emergencies, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.