Questions often asked

To avoid repetition and to always make sure your questions get answered- we've posted a few frequently asked questions here. If you have more or different concerns, be sure to visit our Feedback Page.

Why should I consider becoming a peer educator?

Peer educators will be working with staff from the counseling center and health promotion to create a group of dedicated students who are trained to provide educational trainings and outreach on increasing awareness about alcohol use and alcohol poisoning. Peer educators can provide presentations to classrooms, on and off campus students, and other groups that request information. Peer Educators believe in educating and empowering other students to make healthy choices and decisions regarding the use of alcohol. Peer educators are committed to making a difference on the Syracuse University campus through nonjudgmental connections with their peers about alcohol. So come join Party F. Owl and let’s make it happen! Your Commitment:

What's in it for you?

Will I get in trouble if I call for alcohol poisoning?

If someone calls for you…
  • …and it’s your first violation?
 
  • DISCIPLINARY REPRIMAND (documented, parents/guardians notified)
 
  • Why?
  • You’ve been through a serious alcohol poisoning situation. We want to check in and make sure you’re okay.
  • …and it’s your second violation?
  • DISCIPLINARY PROBATION (no longer in good standing, documented, parents/guardians notified)
 
  • Why?
  • You’ve been through another serious alcohol poisoning situation. Now we have even more concerns about your well-being.
**DWI and serving alcohol to minors do not apply.

Why do some people react differently to alcohol than others?

Individual reactions to alcohol vary and are influenced by many factors, such as:

Does puking lower your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)?

No. Puking only empties the contents of your stomach. Alcohol is quickly absorbed into your system and your bloodstream. And since throwing up does not affect the amount of blood in your system, only time can lower someone’s BAC.

How much alcohol is too much?

How can I be safer when I drink?

Here are a few tips:

What is the relationship between alcohol and sexual assault?

Most sexual assaults on a college campus are non-stranger assaults, meaning that the individuals involved knew each other. Alcohol is a factor in many of these non-stranger sexual assaults as every year more than 70,000 college students ages 18-24 are victims of sexual assault in which alcohol use was involved.

In some cases people drink in the context of wanting to “hook-up” with someone. In cases such as these individuals who have been drinking may be more likely to act on a belief that it is okay to engage in sexual activity without getting the other person’s consent or their alcohol use may make it feel easier for them to ignore the need to get consent. Drinking may also reduce an individual’s ability to process and react to the other person’s behavioral cues indicating that they do not want to engage in sexual activity. Intoxication is not an excuse for sexual assault and an intoxicated person can be held responsible for their actions.

Some people who have committed sexual assault might have encouraged their victims to drink large amounts of alcohol or might have intentionally sought out those who were already drunk. Every year more than 100,000 students report having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex Remember, a person who is intoxicated cannot legally provide consent for sexual activity.

Can I request a BE Wise 101 presentation?

Yes. The purpose of BE Wise 101 is for participants to increase awareness of alcohol poisoning, how to avoid it, its signs, and how to respond to it. Participants will also learn strategies for safer drinking and facts about alcohol. The presentation lasts approximately one hour. You can request a presentation here.

How do I become a peer educator?

Peer educators provide educational trainings and outreach on increasing awareness about alcohol use and alcohol poisoning. This group of dedicated students will be working with staff from the Counseling Center to receive training and support surrounding these topics. Peer educators can provide presentations to classrooms, on and off campus students, and other groups that request information. You can apply to be a peer educator here.