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John Fontaine, Jr.

John Fontaine, Jr. died instantly at age 16 when his friend, who had been drinking, lost control of the car and hit a tree.

With his loveable, jovial demeanor and effortless smile, John proved himself the consummate friend as he brought goodness and joy into the lives of others. His favorite reaction from people was laughter. To each and every friend he gave a special part of himself, and he knew how to keep them up and how to keep them smiling. John was a true showman and enjoyed enchanting people in a theatre full of young audiences.

"I may not have lived a long life, but I lived a good life...and friendship is the most important thing there is."

These words from the play Charlotte's Web, spoken by him on the last day of his life, appropriately and profoundly reflect the spirit and the heart of John Fontaine, Jr.

John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education, University Health Center, University of Georgia, A unit of the Division of Student Affairs
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The John Fontaine, Jr. Center
for Alcohol Awareness and Education

In an effort to promote an environment that supports responsible decision-making regarding alcohol and other drug use, on campus and in the community, a generous donation from the family of John Fontaine, Jr. has enabled the University of Georgia to create a center for alcohol awareness and education. The goal of the center is to provide a comprehensive range of evidence-based prevention, early intervention and recovery support services to the UGA community.

Programs and Services

Online Self-Assessments

e-CHUG -- The e-CHUG (electronic Check-Up to Go) is an interactive web survey that allows college and university students to enter information about their drinking patterns and receive feedback about their use of alcohol. E-CHUG will increase your alcohol knowledge and your awareness about your own behaviors and the choices you make. The assessment takes a few minutes and is self-guided making it quick, confidential, and flexible to the student's free time and location.

e-TOKE -- The e-TOKE (electronic THC Online Knowledge Experience) is an interactive web survey that is a brief marijuana-specific assessment and feedback tool. It provides students at colleges and universities insight into marijuana use using personalized information about their behaviors and risk factors. The assessment takes a few minutes and is self-guided making it quick, confidential, and flexible to the student's free time and location.

What is Alcohol Poisoning?

Alcohol poisoning occurs when an individual consumes an excessive amount of alcohol. Alcohol can depress or stop nerve signals to the brain that control breathing and the gag reflex that prevents choking; alcohol poisoning is a serious condition that can lead to irreversible brain damage or death if not treated immediately.

What are the Signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning?

  • Vomiting while passed out. An unconscious person could choke and suffocate from vomiting.
  • Passed out and the inability to awake/arouse the person.
  • Slow breathing-fewer than 8 breaths per minute.
  • Irregular breathing-10 seconds or more between breaths.
  • Hypothermia, bluish skin, extremely pale skin.

If any of these symptoms are present call 911 for help. Never assume that a person will "sleep it off."

What to do if you suspect alcohol poisoning:

  1. Turn the person on their side (left is preferable) to prevent choking on vomit.
  2. Stay with the person until help arrives.
  3. Do not try to give them water or food (may trigger vomiting).
  4. Do not throw water on them or put them in a shower as this can cause them to go into shock.

red plastic cup with measurements

What's In That Red Cup?

What is a standard drink?

  • 1.00 ounces of 100 proof liquor
  • 12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol by volume)
  • 4-5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol by volume)
  • 1.5 ounces of 80-proof hard liquor (40% alcohol by volume)

Healthy Dawgs always know their measurements!