Free, Confidential Consultation

If you have a life threatening emergency, call Brandeis University Police at 781-736-3333.

Concerned about your own or someone else's substance use? Schedule a consultation with Lauren Grover at the Health Center  781-736-3693.

To reach the Brandeis Counseling Center, call (781) 736-3730 or visit the Brandeis Counseling Center website.

Alcohol Emergencies

In cases of an on-campus emergency, call Brandeis University Public Safety at (781) 736-3333. They will send an officer and Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (BEMCo) to assist you. BEMCo is Brandeis University emergency medical first response service.

How to help a friend who has had too much to drink
Alcohol poisoning can be fatal. If someone has had too much to drink or hurt themselves while drinking, call for help immediately and stay with the person until help arrives.  In cases of a potential head injury, even if the person regains consciousness, he or she must be evaluated immediately.

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning

  • The person is unconscious or semi conscious, or when you can't wake them up
  • Slow respiration (breaths) of eight or less per minute or lapses in between
  • Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin accompanied by smell of alcohol
  • The person is throwing up

What to Do

  • Don't wait for a person to show these signs to call for help. If you are concerned about someone's level of impairment, safety or well being - make the call. If a person shows any of the signs of alcohol poisoning, call immediately!
  • While waiting for emergency transport,
    • gently turn the intoxicated person on his/her side, and
    • place a small pillow in the small of the person's back. This is important to prevent aspiration (choking) should the person vomit.
    • Stay with the person until medical help arrives.
    • If a person appears to be "sleeping it off" it is important to realize that blood alcohol levels may continue to rise -- putting the person's life in danger- do not leave them alone
    • When in doubt -- call for help!
      • On-campus call BEMCo/Brandeis Campus Police  781-736-3333
      • Off-campus call 911

What NOT To Do

  • Do not hesitate to call BemCo. The person's life is in danger. Better to be safe than sorry.
  • Do not leave the person alone. The person may seem to be okay, but the alcohol ingested may take some time to be absorbed before peak levels are reached in the brain.
  • Do not leave the person lying on his/her back.
  • Do not try to give the person anything to eat or drink.
  • Do not put the person in a cold shower. The person could fall or the shock could make him/her pass out.

Emergency Psychological Consultation

Again, if you have a life threatening emergency, call Brandeis University Police at 781-736-3333. If you need an emergency consultation after hours or on weekends, a staff member is available through our answering service at 781-239-8312.

Local Emergency Departments

Newton-Wellesley Hospital
2014 Washington St.
Newton, Mass.
(617) 243-6193
Open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week

Mount Auburn Hospital
330 Mt. Auburn St.
Cambridge, Mass.
(617) 499-5025
Open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week