Be Wiser

Be Wiser when you are making decisions about alcohol consumption. Alcohol impacts us all. Pledge to Be Wiser about alcohol and pledge to help your friends as well.

Every October, The Colonial Health Center hosts events and programs in honor of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week for students to learn how they can make healthy and reduced risk decisions regarding alcohol consumption, and find resources to support their friends and other peers.

Sign the Be Wiser Pledge for

Students

I pledge to Be Wiser when I party by:

  • Choosing to drink responsibly if I choose to drink at all
  • Drinking in moderation and not drinking past my limit
  • Staying hydrated while drinking
  • Not drinking on an empty stomach
  • Not mixing alcohol with any other drugs or medications
  • Encouraging my friends, guests and those around me to be wiser when they party


I pledge to Be Wiser and help others by knowing the signs and symptoms of alcohol overdose including:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Vomiting while semi-conscious or unconscious
  • Slow or irregular breathing; less than eight breaths per minute or more than 10 seconds between breaths
  • Signs of hypothermia; cold, clammy, blue or purplish skin especially in nail beds

Sign electronically.

Parents & Families

I pledge to Be Wiser by:

  • Choosing to drink responsibly if I choose to drink at all.
  • Understanding that alcohol abuse continues to be one of the most significant problems on college campuses and I can help reduce the high risk consumption of alcohol and the associated problems by teaching students about how to Be Wiser.
  • Being open to the conversation about responsible alcohol use prior to and during college with my student.
  • Knowing and recognizing the signs of alcohol addiction such as:
    • No longer playing sports or participating in activities that used to bring pleasure
    • Hanging out with new friends while also dropping old friends
    • Decrease in interest and commitment to classes; declining grades
    • Irritability or aggressiveness especially when discussing issues with alcohol
    • Difficulty concentrating and sleeping; use of stimulants to study
    • Discipline problems
  • Being a resource to my student by sharing this knowledge, being thoughtful and strategic in my response if these behaviors occur and being supportive by referring to resources as appropriate. 

I pledge to encourage my student through continual, open, and honest conversation to Be Wiser by:

  • Educating students about how to Be Wiser when they party with tips such as:
    • Drinking in moderation and not drinking past their limit
    • Staying hydrated while drinking
    • Not drinking on an empty stomach
    • Not mixing alcohol with any other drugs or medications
  • Knowing the signs and symptoms of alcohol overdose including:
    • Unconsciousness
    • Vomiting while semi-conscious or unconscious
    • Slow or irregular breathing; less than eight breaths per minute or more than 10 seconds between breaths
    • Signs of hypothermia; cold, clammy, blue or purplish skin especially in nail beds

Sign electronically.

Faculty & Staff

I pledge to Be Wiser by:

  • Choosing to drink responsibly if I choose to drink at all.
  • Understanding that alcohol abuse continues to be one of the most significant problems on college campuses and I can help reduce the high risk consumption of alcohol and associated problems by teaching students about how to Be Wiser.
  • Knowing and recognizing the signs of alcohol addiction such as:
    • Decrease in interest and commitment to classes; declining grades
    • Missing class; sleeping in class
    • Smell of alcohol on breath or clothes
    • Irritability or aggressiveness especially when discussing issues with alcohol
    • Difficulty concentrating; use of stimulants to study
    • No longer playing sports, participating in activities or hanging with friends they used to enjoy
    • Disciplinary problems
  • Being a resource to the GW community by sharing this knowledge with anyone who asks and supporting students by referring to resources as appropriate.

I pledge to encourage students to Be Wiser by:

  • Educating students about how to Be Wiser when they party with tips such as:
    • Drinking in moderation and not drinking past their limit
    • Staying hydrated while drinking
    • Not drinking on an empty stomach
    • Not mixing alcohol with any other drugs or medications

Sign electronically.