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's emergency medical first response service.

How to Help

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

A) Alert
  • The person is unconscious or semi conscious, or when you can't wake them up

  • Mental confusion; unable to answer questions coherently
  • Unable to walk on their own, unable to hold their head up
B) Breathing
  • Slow or irregular breathing; lapses in breathing

  • Weak pulse, or pulse is very rapid or slow

C) Cold (or clammy)
  • Cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin 

D) Doubt
  • The person is throwing up
  • The person may have hit their head
  • The person may have consumed other drugs
  • You're just not sure

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.

Brandeis' Medical Amnesty Policy

Brandeis is a community of care that promotes students' health and safety. Our Medical Amnesty Policy exists to encourage students to call for help in the event of an alcohol or drug-related medical emergency.

If a friend or peer needs assistance, call Public Safety for help immediately at 781-736-3333 and remain with the student until help arrives. If you are off campus, call 911. If this happens, the Amnesty Policy will apply and neither you nor the person needing help will be referred to the student conduct process.

Learn more about the Medical Amnesty Policy in Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Local Emergency Departments

Newton-Wellesley Hospital
2014 Washington St.
Newton, MA
Open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week

Mount Auburn Hospital
330 Mt. Auburn St.
Cambridge, MA
Open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week