First 6 Weeks at UNH

First 6 Weeks at UNH

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

Arriving at UNH will be very exciting and you may choose to check-out some of the parties.
Before you party, here's some information to help keep you safe.


Carson's Story:                                            Know the Signs of 
A Young Man's Life and Death                       Alcohol Poisoning                                                                                                      


Losing Your Best Friend to Alcohol             First Year Drinking Culture 


Choices Matter at UNH 


 “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


The PARTY is NOT as BIG as you THINK

UNH students have told us that they...

  • Stay safe using low-risk strategies like hydrating and eating before going out
  • Pace their drinks to one drink per hour and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks
  • Do not let their drinking interfere with academics or other responsibilities
  • Party 0-1 nights/week
  • Never get arrested or in trouble with authorities while attending UNH

New Hampshire State Laws 

“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)
If you are under 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) 

Fake ID's, 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

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). 

Alcohol Poisoning 

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, call 911

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

Help A Friend 

"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
  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Don't be afraid to call 911
  • Keep checking on the person's breathing
  • Do not move him/her unless they are in immediate danger
  • Do not try to sober him/her up with cold showers, food, or drinks
  • Place him/her on his/her side with knees bent, to avoid choking on vomit
  • Stay with him/her until help arrives

UNH Rules and Regulations

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,loss of study abroad opportunity, termination of housing or dismissal from the University. 

Campus Resources