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Alcohol overdose is a medical emergency. If you see someone passed out and unresponsive or you suspect someone has overdosed on alcohol, it is your responsibility to get help by calling 911 immediately.
Alcohol is a depressant that can make parts of the brain that control involuntary functions—like your breathing and gag reflex—shut down. Serious risks from this include choking on vomit and depressed respiration that can cause a drinker to lapse into a coma, stop breathing, and die.
Minnesota has a Medical Amnesty Law to ensure that people who are at risk for alcohol overdose receive prompt medical attention. If you call 911 for assistance for yourself or a friend and are under 21, you and your friend will be immune from criminal penalties related to underage drinking or possession of alcohol. If you call for medical attention, you must remain with the person who needs it until help arrives in order to be covered under the Medical Amnesty Law. The University's student conduct code aligns with state law.