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UPDATE: UW police say drinking on campus is going too far


MADISON (WKOW) -- UW-Madison police say alcohol-related arrests have gone down on campus in recent years, but the level of intoxication seems to be going up.

Over the weekend, police handed out 19 underage drinking tickets. Six people were taken to detox, including two students found unconscious in their dorms.

Early Saturday morning, a 19-year-old student was found unresponsive in his Sullivan Hall room and had to be taken to the hospital because he couldn't breathe on his own. His blood alcohol content was 0.32.

Just a few hours earlier an 18-year-old student was found passed out in a Sellery Hall bathroom after vomiting. She was taken to detox, with a BAC of 0.29.

UW police spokesperson Marc Lovicott says the department is concerned to see higher BACs and students getting drunker.

"We're talking intoxication levels where an individual loses bodily functions, and is incoherent, passed out, unresponsive," says Lovicott. "This is scary. People could die from the level of intoxications we're seeing."
Police hope students will hear these stories and think twice about binge drinking, and hope parents will talk to their kids about the dangers of alcohol.

UW officials are working with police to raise awareness among students. They have a policy that if a student calls 911 to get a friend some help, they won't be punished if they're drunk too.

Plus, new students are expected to take an online course about alcohol education.

"I think [the university does] a pretty good job. They give you a lot of options for numbers you can call, things you can do," says UW freshman Erica Petersen. "They had us do an alcohol.edu program online, where we were given options and numbers of possible scenarios that could happen and what you can do."

Students say it's scary to hear about these kinds of incidents and hope their peers will continue to look out for each other. 

"There's a lot of other activities that this university provides if you don't want to drink," says Sydney McCaslin, a UW freshman. "There's a lot of other things you can get involved with where you don't have to worry about having to drink or feel pressured to drink." 

Last year, UW police issued 908 alcohol-related citations on campus. 709 of those cited were underage. 115 people were taken to detox, where the highest BAC recorded was 0.34.
1,114 citations were issued in 2011, including 797 for underage drinking. That number is down from 952 underage tickets in 2008.


MADISON (WKOW) -- A UW student is lucky to be alive.  The 19-year-old was found passed out early Saturday morning at his residence hall. 

UW-Madison police responded to Sullivan Hall for a report of an unconscious male.  The teen needed to be transported to the hospital where he was intubated due to the amount of alcohol he consumed.  The student's BAC was .32.

In addition to the cost of a trip to the hospital/detox, the student was also issued a citation for underage drinking.

Late Friday evening, UWPD transported an 18-year-old female student to detox.  She, too, was found passed out in Sellery Hall.  Her BAC was .29.  She was also issued a ticket for underage drinking.

There were six total detox conveyances over the weekend.  19 people were issued underage drinking citations by UWPD.

University police are reminding students, if they choose to drink, they should do so legally and responsibly.  The police department is concerned about the levels of intoxication seen this past year, levels that could be deadly.

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