Alcohol Screening and Prevention Initiative (ASAP)
The Alcohol Screening and Prevention initiative is a joint effort by multiple departments within the Division of Student Affairs that takes a multiprong, proactive apporach to alcohol prevention and education.
The ASAP Helpline is a 24 hour helpline run by hired graduate consultants. This service is available for all BC students who may have questions, comments or concerns regarding alcohol use on campus. Our helpline consultants have been trained to respond to all calls in a proactive, professional manner. All calls are anonymous, confidential* and answered by graduate students.
Students who call the Alcohol Information and Support Line usually inquire about a variety of topics, including:
- Question about their own alcohol use
- Concerns about a friend or a roommate's drinking habits
- Seeking advice for how to talk to a friend about their drinking
- State laws and regulations about alcohol
- Alcohol-free activites on campus
In calling the helpline, the caller will receive specific advice and information concerning the situation they are calling about and additional resources available to them on campus
The helpline is monitored by various, trained Boston College graduate students.
You do not have to share any identifying information about yourself when you call. The helpline serves as an avenue to walk through any questions you have and provide you with additional resources.
No you will not. You can choose to stay anonymous when you call the helpline. Also, most things discussed over the phone will fall under our rules of confidentiality and will not be shared with anyone else.
The helpline is on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can call at any time of the day and night.
Alcohol Screening Events
WHAT HAPPENS AT AN ALCOHOL SCREENING EVENT?
During a screening event, students take the AUDIT, an anonymous self-assessment about personal alcohol use and receive a score. Students then have the opportunity to reflect with a trained conversation partner about what level of risk correlates with their score. During the brief conversation, students are given feedback about their score and strategies on how to reduce their risk around alcohol use. Alcohol screening events are held multiple times throughout the year in various locations.
Alcohol Screening Event Schedule 2017-2018
|Alcohol Trivia||Wednesday September 13th 2pm-4pm||Maloney Hall 4th Floor|
|Alcohol Screening Event||Monday October 2nd 12pm-4pm||O'Neill Plaza|
|Alcohol Trivia||Tuesday October 17th 4pm-6pm||Stuart Hall - Yellow Room|
|Athletics Screening Event||Monday November 6th 6pm-8pm||Media Suites|
Alcohol Screening Event Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to identify their current risk associated with their own drinking habits based on their Audit Score.
- Students will be able to articulate two or more harm reduction strategies that can be used during a night of drinking alcohol
- Students will be able to identify at least one alcohol prevention and education resource on campus
Want to better understand your own alcohol use? Schedule a 20 minute confidential meeting in Maloney Hall 412 or call our information and support line: 617-552-4000.
For more information on ASAP or to schedule a meeting contact:
Alcohol Screening and Prevention Program
Email: Jemima.Pierre@bc.edu |Phone: 617.552.2281
As people drink, their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) increases. BAC is the ratio of alcohol to blood in the body, usually expressed as a percentage. For example, .10 percent BAC means one part of alcohol for every thousand parts of blood.
- Heavy drinking over short periods of time lead to rapidly increasing BAC and greater impairment, risk, and harm
- As BAC increases, the body and mind become increasingly intoxicated and impaired
- When you’re feeling lightheaded, confused or nauseous from drinking, your body is telling you to slow down or stop drinking
Factors that Influence BAC Include:
- The amount of alcohol the drinker consumes
- The rate at which a person drinks
- The drinker’s weight and body mass
- Gender – women have less of an enzyme that metabolizes alcohol in their stomachs, on average they weigh less and they have less blood volume than men do, even at equal weight
- The amount of food in the stomach – a full stomach slows the pace at which alcohol is absorbed. However, eating before drinking will not prevent high blood alcohol concentrations from occurring
Having the ability to estimate your BAC helps you be aware of how intoxicated you are becoming. You need to know the number of “standard drinks” that you consume, the duration over which you drank and your weight in order to estimate BAC.
“Standard Drink” = 12 ounces beer = 5 ounces wine = 1.5 ounces 80-proof liquor
Below are some strategies to help you maintain a lower risk drinking style, if you choose to drink.
- Set a drinking limit near a BAC of .05
- Keep track of how much you drink by counting “standard drinks”
- Space your drinks over time
- Alternate alcohol and non-alcohol drinks
- Eating before and while you are drinking
- Mix and measure your own mixed drinks so you know how much alcohol you are consuming
- Be cautious when drinking liquor or mixed drinks due to their potency
- Avoid or limit shots and drinking games
*Drinking alcohol under the age of 21 is illegal and against campus policy. Please keep in mind that consuming alcohol under 21 is a high-risk choice. If you choose to drink, the strategies above can help you stay safer and healthier.
Alcohol is a drug that quickly affects the central nervous system. The normal reaction to alcohol it twofold or “biphasic.” The first phase occurs while your BAC is low. The effects of alcohol may be a mild buzz or pleasant high. The second phase occurs at higher levels of alcohol concentration. The effects of alcohol become more negative including fatigue and physical impairment. The “point of diminishing returns” is where one more drink will not make you feel any better, but instead will make you more impaired. This begins around .05 percent BAC for non-tolerant drinkers. Tolerance lowers the positive effects of light drinking and increases the negative effects of heavy drinking.
More is not better when it comes to alcohol. Light drinking usually equates with a more pleasurable experience, and people experience the most harmful consequences when they drink past the point of diminishing returns.
How do I calculate my Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)?
- Stop by the Office of Health Promotion (located in Gasson 025) to pick up a wallet-sized BAC chart, specific to your weight and gender
- Stop by the Office of Health Promotion (located in Gasson 025) to pick up a voucher for a free BAC calculator app for your iphone/ipod touch
4.3.3 Seeking Help for Alcohol and Drug-Related Medical Emergencies
The health and safety of Boston College students is of paramount concern. As a result, all students are expected and encouraged to seek immediate assistance for themselves or others in situations where help is needed due to intoxication or drug ingestion.
Students should actively seek assistance for themselves or others, as a result of impairment due to alcohol and/or drug use. Boston College will support and encourage this help-seeking behavior by treating the situation as a health and safety matter, rather than a conduct matter, when students contact emergency responders or university officials (e.g., Resident Assistant, Boston College Police). Additionally, anyone who seeks help or calls for help on behalf of another student will not be subject to action through the conduct system.
Students who seek and receive medical attention in such situations will be required to complete certain educational and/or counseling interventions and will also be subject to all fees related to their medical care. Failure to complete these referrals would be treated as a conduct matter.
Students who demonstrate consistent and repeated patterns of seeking help for alcohol and drug related medical emergencies may require further medical review and/or treatment up to mandated medical leaves of absence.
Regardless of help-seeking behavior, students will be held accountable for misconduct accompanying or incidental to the use and/or abuse of alcohol or other substances. For example, disorderly behavior, violence, property damage, or distribution or intent to distribute will be treated as conduct violations and will be responded to accordingly.
Boston College, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs | Maloney Hall, Suite 412,Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 | P: 617-552-8600 | F: 617-552-4087 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Hours: Monday–Friday 9:00–5:00 p.m.