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If you find yourself in need of immediate help, call Emergency Services – 911.

These are examples of situations that you should seek immediate help:

  • Thinking about ending your life or trying to end your life.
  • Feeling scared because you’re experiencing sensations that aren’t real and/or beliefs that can’t possibly be true.
  • Becoming unable to care for yourself, and it’s putting you at risk of serious harm.
  • Experiencing an alcohol or any other drug overdose.
  • Taking a dangerous combination of substances (like medications and alcohol).

Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433), online chat or SMS/Text: By texting CONNECT to 686868, you can chat confidentially with a trained, volunteer Crisis Responder for support with any issue, if you would like to stop the conversation text STOP.

For other phone, chat or text support options, visit our Get Support section.

Binge Drinking

Alcohol use can interfere with who you want to be and where you want to go in life. If you drink, know how to stay safe and don't let it take control of you.

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What is binge drinking and what are the risks?

Drinking a lot of alcohol in a short time with the intention of getting drunk is called binge drinking. Binge drinking often leads to a number of physical effects, including:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hangover
  • Shakiness
  • Blackouts (memory loss)
  • Passing out
  • Injury (from having less physical control or from recklessness)
  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Sexual risks – in consensual sex (when both people agree to have sex) alcohol can lower a person’s awareness of possible risks, like the risks of not using a condom
  • Risk of sexual assault – Alcohol should never be used as an excuse for assault of any kind
  • Risk of damaging relationships with family or friends
  • Health problems, like long-term liver damage
  • Worsening of previously diagnosed health conditions

Symptoms of alcohol poisoning

The symptoms listed below can indicate possible alcohol poisoning.

  • Severe confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Blue colour to skin
  • Passing out repeatedly
  • Decrease in body temperature

If you suspect someone has an alcohol overdose (poisoning), call 911 as soon as possible and don’t leave the person alone. For more information on what to do if you see someone overdose, check out Towards the Heart

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