Another College Student Dies of Alcohol Poisoning

It breaks my heart when it happens–and it makes me mad, because it’s such a waste. I’m talking about college students dying of alcohol poisoning due to binge drinking sprees. Here’s the latest of these pointless alcohol deaths, the victim being a 21-year-old Minnesota State University student who was celebrating at his cousin’s 21st birthday party. His name was Peter Sand, and he was from a small town called Zumbrota.

Imagine what this student’s parents must be going through. Imagine how his cousins feels, and how his cousin will feel for the rest of his life on his birthday. And for what?binge drinking

I don’t like to preach to students–but kids, please be smart! There’s a big difference between drinking for fun and drinking so much that your life is in danger. I don’t understand why people feel the need to drink so much that they get violently ill or worse. There’s a point at which more drinks aren’t going to make your night out more fun.

Here’s something you should know: the danger signs of alcohol poisoning.

  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Low body temperature
  • Seizures
  • Blue-tinged skin or pale skin
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Confusing or stupor
  • Passing out

If you see someone who exhibits these signs, get help. Don’t worry about overreacting. It sounds like Peter Sand was exhibiting some of these behaviors before he died–and if someone had “overreacted,” they may have saved him.

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