First 6 Weeks at UNH

First 6 Weeks at UNH

Arriving on campus in August will be very exciting! And some of you may choose to check-out some of the parties. We have complied some information to keep you safe if you choose to drink. 

The Party Is Not As Big As You Think

  • Most UNH students stay safe using low-risk strategies like hydrating and eating before going out
  • Most UNH students pace their drinks to one drink per hour and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks
  • Most UNH students do not let their drinking interfere with academics or other responsibilities
  • Most UNH students party 0-2 nights a week
  • Most UNH students never get arrested or in trouble with authorities while attending UNH

Alcohol Poisoning - Don't Wait, Be Safe! Call 911

It’s hard to care for someone who has had too much to drink. It is even harder if you have been drinking. Get help!

"Be sure to always watch out for your buddy. Make sure you always travel with a trustworthy friend who you can count on when something goes wrong." - Nick, UNH Senior 

Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines

Warning Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

  • Mental confusion
  • Passing out and not waking up
  • Seizures
  • Slow breathing (< 8 breaths per minute) or irregular (10 seconds or more between breaths)
  • Severe vomiting (may happen when sleeping)
  • Cold, clammy or blue lips/skin

What to do

  • Do not leave the person alone!
  • Keep checking on the persons breathing
  • Do not move them unless they are in immediate danger
  • Do not try to sober them up with cold showers, food, or drink
  • Place them on their side with knees bent so they don't choke on vomit
  • Stay with them until help arrives

“Make sure if you’re going to drink, you do it in moderation. There is nothing worse than waking up the next morning with no recollection of where you were, what you did, or who you were with. It’s not a good feeling, trust me.” - Brittany, Junior


New Hampshire State Laws 

"Don't do anything stupid, you have too much to lose" - Ryan, UNH Senior 

The legal drinking age in NH is 21

If you are under age 21, it is illegal to.. 

  • Have in your personal possession any alcoholic beverages
  • Misrepresent your age for purpose of obtaining alcoholic beverages
  • Drive in a car having alcoholic beverages except when accompanied by a parent, guardian, spouse 21 years of age
  • Be in an area where alcoholic beverages are served unless accompanied by person 21 years of age
  • Be intoxicated by consumption of an alcoholic beverage (alcohol concentration of .02 or more is evidence of intoxication) 
Penalty is a fine and/or time in jail. 

Fake IDs

It is illegal for anyone to...

  • Sell, give away or procure alcoholic beverage to a minor or individual who is intoxicated
  • Charge for alcoholic beverages without a license
  • Manufacture, sell, possess or use a falsified ID
  • To lend a driver’s license to be used for unlawful purpose
Penalty is a fine and/or time in jail. 

Driving While Intoxicated or Under the Influence

You may be found guilty of DWI if you drive a vehicle while you have a 0.08% blood alcohol concentration if 21 years of age or 0.02% if under the age of 21. 

Unlawful Possession

  • Person under 21 years of age who posses any alcoholic beverages is guilty of a violation & will be fined a min. of $250. Second offenses will be fined at least $500.
  • Under 21 and are found guilty of possession of alcohol given a probationary drivers license until 21 years of age. Any subsequent alcohol violations will result in suspension of drivers license.
  • It’s a violation for minors not only to possess alcohol, but also to be intoxicated or have a BAC level of .02 or more (internal possession of alcohol). 

UNH Rules and Regulations: Alcohol and Other Drugs

“Definitely get to know your RA, they can help you out a lot. Also, think before you act! Weigh your consequences and make decisions based on the possible outcomes and whether or not you want to let those outcomes ruin your time here at UNH. Keep the possible outcomes in the back of your mind.” - Alec, Sophomore (Alec was evicted his first year due to underage drinking in the residence hall)

UNH is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that supports health, safety, and academic success. The unlawful possession, use, and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on the University campus or during University-sponsored activities are prohibited. Students found to be in violation may be subject to... 

  • Arrest and conviction under the applicable criminal laws of local municipalities, the State of NH or the United States. Conviction can result in sanctions including probation, fines and imprisonment. 
  • Discipline in accordance with the procedures of the Student Conduct System. Discipline may include disciplinary probation, loss of scholarship, termination of housing or dismissal from the University. 

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