Campus Observation Room (COR)

COR will not be open for the 2020-21 academic year. 
If someone is intoxicated and unresponsive, call 9-1-1- immediately. 

Community resources, include:

  • Queen’s Emergency Report Centre – call 613-533-6111
  • Hotel Dieu Hospital Detox at 240 Brock Street – call 613-544-3310
  • Kingston General Hospital (KGH) emergency room at 76 Stuart Street



Assisting an Intoxicated Individual

There are several misconceptions over what to do when a friend or even someone you don’t know is really drunk. Here are some suggestions:


  • Remain calm; try to be friendly and non-judgmental
  • Keep your distance; ensure the person knows what you are going to do before you approach or touch them
  • Stand to the side of them when you speak to ensure the person feels less threatened
  • If possible, try to find a quiet area to talk to the person to avoid embarrassment
  • Tell the person you are concerned about their safety
  • Try to find a friend of the person who is relatively sober; sometimes people will listen more to a familiar voice
  • If the person starts to become a danger to themselves or other people, and you can’t calm the person down, don’t hesitate to call the police


  • Walk, exercise, or shower a drunk person
  • Laugh at or argue with someone who’s intoxicated or has been doing drugs
  • Try to physically restrain them
  • Give liquids or drugs to sober someone up; only time can do that

Be Aware of Dangers

  • Choking either on their own vomit, on food, liquid, or medication.  To help avoid this danger, place someone in the recovery position. (See below)
  • Injury due to impaired coordination and judgement, a person may fall or take risks that they would not when sober
  • Unconsciousness or respiratory problems as blood alcohol levels rise, heart rate and breathing may become depressed resulting in cardiac or respiratory arrest. To help avoid this danger, Get Help Now

Picture of the recovery position

Assumes that the person is lying on their back, and that you approach them from the side of their body.  

  • Raise the arm closest to you so that it is lying on the ground, pointing over their head
  • Straighten the leg closest to you
  • Bend the other leg at the knee so that it forms a triangle with the knee in the air and the foot on the ground
  • Bring the other arm across and let it rest on their chest
  • Roll the person towards you using the knee pointing in the air as leverage
  • Guard the head to ensure it does not flop around too much. At this point, the head should be resting on the arm that you placed pointing over their head
  • Tilt the head back to maintain the airway
  • Tuck the hand of the arm you placed across the person's chest under their cheek to maintain the tilt