Marquette complies with federal, state and local laws regulating the possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances. Violation of these laws is prohibited on and off campus, and engaging in such activity may result in ­disciplinary ­sanctions, up to and including suspension or expulsion of the student or termination of employment regardless of the outcome of court proceedings. Marquette is committed to maintaining a drug-free campus and work environment.


Alcohol is the predominant drug used on college campuses, including Marquette.

Alcohol is a drug: an ingested substance other than food that changes how a person’s
body and mind function.

Alcohol contains ethanol, which has immediate and long-term effects on the body and mind, including:

In very high doses, alcohol consumption leads to respiratory depression and death.

Prolonged abuse of alcohol can lead to alcoholism, malnutrition and cirrhosis of the liver.

Missing classes or work and poor performance are associated with drinking or other drug use.

Drinking alcohol while taking prescription or illicit drugs can be extremely dangerous.

What are the effects of Alcohol?

Any consumption of alcohol affects your body.

How much you drink, over what period of time and how regularly you drink determine how you experience the effects of drinking alcohol.

If you choose to drink, know how much you are consuming. A 12-ounce beer, a four-ounce glass of wine and a shot or mixed drink containing one ounce of 80-proof hard liquor have the same amount of alcohol, and it can take your liver up to 90 minutes to process this amount.

Beware of situations in which you may consume more than you realize:

Mixed drinks and open containers also pose a higher-than-usual risk that someone can slip a drug into your beverage. When date rape drugs are used, they are often dropped into glasses or drinks while the victims are not watching. See how to protect yourself from date rape drugs and information about drug-facilitated sexual assault.).

Drinking Alcohol

Immediate effects:

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The extent of your impairment is related to how much alcohol is in your bloodstream. The ratio is known as your blood-alcohol concentration. Your BAC and how you react to alcohol are dependent in part on your body weight, rate of consumption, presence of food in your stomach, type of drink and gender. Carbonated beverages speed up absorption. Women should be especially careful not to measure their alcohol intake against that of men. In general, the same quantity of alcohol will have a greater effect on women than on men.

At a BAC of 0.02 percent

At a BAC of 0.04 to 0.05

At a BAC of 0.06 to 0.08

At a BAC of 0.11 to 0.20

At a BAC of 0.25 to 0.35

At a BAC of 0.4 to 0.5

Alcohol Overdose

Alcohol overdose is a medical emergency and could be life-threatening. If you suspect someone has overdosed, call 911 immediately. Never let him or her sleep it off.

Symptoms include:

Long-Term Effects

Continued use of alcohol can lead to dependence. With physical dependence, sudden
cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including:

Long-term effects of consuming large quantities of alcohol, especially when combined with poor nutrition, can lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.

Secondhand Drinking

You’ve heard about the dangers of secondhand smoke (what inhaling smoke from someone else’s cigarettes can do to your body). What about drinking? Even if you stay sober, someone else’s drinking can be your problem if you have to:

Binge Drinking

This is defined by the Surgeon General as five or more drinks in one sitting for males and four or more drinks at one sitting for females. Binge drinking has continued largely unabated on U.S. campuses according to findings of a survey (Core Institute Drug and Alcohol Survey, 2005) of more than 33,000 students at 53 universities and colleges.

Heavy alcohol use among college students is a result of many factors:

Why is heavy alcohol use a concern on college campuses?

Alcohol and other drug use and binge drinking affect student health and well-being and academic achievement in the following ways:

Alcohol/Date Rape Correlations

Since 2006, Wisconsin has recognized alcohol as the no. 1 date rape drug.

Nationally, the majority of acquaintance rapes are planned, and assailants take advantage of their victims’ use of alcohol and other drugs, which slow reflexes and impair the victim’s ability to recognize a potentially dangerous situation.


Student Safety Programs

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