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Alcohol Peer Educators


The Alcohol Peer Educators take a harm reduction approach to college student drinking. Programming emphasizes student safety and health for our students who choose to drink. Our presentation approach is interactive, candid, and realistic. To schedule a presentation, or to learn more about us, contact Lauretta Perry at

Is APE a good fit for you?

We are looking for students who have an interest in learning about a wide spectrum of alcohol and chemical health topics and sharing that information with other students in various ways, including classroom presentation, community presentations, residential housing unit discussions, tabling, and poster campaigns.

The alcohol peer educators cover these topics:

  • Recognizing and responding to the Signs of Alcohol Overdose
  • Responsible Drinking/Risk Reduction (ie. metablism, serving size)
  • Predatory drugs (what did you drink?)
  • Biphasic response
  • Phases of drinking

APE Training

APE members have training in a variety of topics through the year. Some of the speakers we have had include:

  • UMD Campus Police
  • Center for Drug and alcohol Treatment
  • Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA)
  • Detox
  • Research of current trends

Alcohol Overdose

Make the Call, 9-1-1

The University of Minnesota Duluth values the safety and well-being of their students and has implemented an alcohol-related emergency protocol. Alcohol overdose can be life threatening, and students are expected to take responsible action to obtain medical assistance for those in need. The following information relates to this protocol.

  • Students will be educated on the symptoms and severity of alcohol overdose and encouraged to call 911 when an alcohol overdose is suspected. UMD students will be involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of this education.
  • A state statute, medical amnesty, was enacted in August 2013 that provides immunity for underage consumption or possession of alcohol for a person contacting 911 to seek assistance for an incapacited individual. The person who receives medical assistance will also be immune from prosecution for underage drinking.

Signs of Alcohol Overdose

  1. Appears unconscious
  2. Won't wake up
  3. Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin
  4. Slow or irregular breathing
  5. Vomiting while sleeping or passed out

What To Do

  • Turn the person on thier side
  • Dial 911, get medical help
  • Stay with the person

Alcohol Self-Assessments  

  1. Personalized Alcohol Use Assessment (e-CHUG)
  2. The Drink Wheel - Blood Alcohol Concentration calculator (Intoximeters, Inc. UK)
  3. How much is too much? Take and Alcohol Screening Test (
  4. Do you have a drinking problem?

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Fast Facts on Adderral, Alcohol and Marijauna


  • Known as the “study drug,”
  • A central nervous system stimulant that is prescribed to treat ADHD, severe depression, and sleep disorders
  • Some people report experiencing an increase in motivation, focus and concentration, and having a feeling of euphoria
  • 1 in 5 students report using Adderall without an ADHD diagnosis  (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
  • When students without ADHD abuse Adderall they can become dependent on it
    • Side effects: Low blood pressure, depression, headaches, irritability, dry mouth, rapid mood swings, loss of appetite, and insomnia
  • Defined as a prescription drug- schedule II classification in Minnesota
    • Charged with 4th degree felony for possession of any amount w/o prescription
    • 3 rd degree if caught with 5 or more pills w/o prescription (can indicate intent to sell which can increase charges depending on situation)

Adderall and Alcohol

  • May delay onset of symptoms of intoxication so users may drink more
  • Coma or death can occur with little to no warning due to the delayed and diminished effect of both alcohol and Adderall
  • Physical and emotional effects: irregular heart rhythms, intestinal problems such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, extreme paranoia and psychosis, spasms, migraine, delayed motor skills, kidney disease


  • 2nd most used drug among college students next to alcohol
  • Stimulates neurotransmitters and receptors in the brain activating the pleasure centers giving the feeling of being “high”
    • The THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol – active ingredient) also combines with other receptors so it impacts additonal cognitive functions such as memory, concentration, thought, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movements
  • Users can get “amotivational syndrome” where they become less motivated in day-to-day life as well as in their long-term goals; people stop caring about social situations and activities as well
  • Charges for marijuana differ upon intent to sell vs. possession
  • Possession:
    • First-degree felony (worst): 100 kilos (220 lbs.)
    • Second degree felony: 50 kilos (110 lbs.)
    • Third degree felony: 10 kilos (22lbs)
    • Fifth degree felony: 1.5 ounces or more
    • Petty Misdemeanor:  1.5 ounces or less – fine up to $200 and attendance at a drug education program

Marijuana and Alcohol

  • Can react in different ways
    • Nausea/vomiting
    • Paranoia, panic, anxiety
    • Increase the possibility of vulnerable people to experience psychotic symptoms
  • Evidence suggests alcohol increases the speed at which THC is absorbed causing stronger effects
    • Can cause “greening out” – feeling sick after smoking; symptoms include pale, sweaty skin, dizziness, nausea, vomiting

Marijuana and Adderall

  • Can have a cancelling effect on one another
    • The stimulant of the Adderall is not felt as strongly because of the depressive effects of marijuana
  • Can increase heart rate to dangerous levels
  • Increases anxiety and paranoia


Works Cited

Adderall and Marijuana Abuse. (n.d.). Retrieved December 10, 2014, from

Adderall and Alcohol / Food Interactions - (n.d.). Retrieved December 10, 2014, from,adderall.html

Learn About Marijuana: Factsheets: Alcohol and Marijuana. (n.d.). Retrieved December 10, 2014, from

Mixing Alcohol and Amphetamines. (n.d.). Retrieved December 10, 2014, from

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