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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
  • 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?
Alcohol education poster
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