Additional Alcohol Information

During the 2011 Texas Legislative Session, a law was passed commonly referred to as the 911 Lifeline Law. This new law states that "there is no penalty for consumption or possession of alcohol by a minor if the minor was the first person to request emergency medical assistance in response to the possible alcohol overdose of the minor or another person, and remained on the scene until the medical assistance arrived, and cooperated with medical assistance and law enforcement personnel."[Alcoholic Beverage Code -- 106.04, 106.05]

The signs of alcohol poisoning can include:

  • Mental confusion
  • Unresponsive
  • Seizures / stupor
  • Regurgitating
  • Hypothermia (low body temp...cold clammy skin)
  • Erratic or slow breathing
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Pale or bluish skin color

  • If you are involved in an alcohol emergency either on or off campus and you seek emergency medical assistance that meets the criteria of the Texas 911 Lifeline Law, then you will not face criminal prosecution for (1) minor in possession or (2) minor in consumption.