Senior Fifth Should Be Approached With Caution

On Saturday, the Demon Deacons will be taking on the Duke Blue Devils in what will be a challenging rivalry matchup. Before the game begins, many Wake Forest seniors will likely be participating in a challenge of their own, the notorious tradition called “Senior Fifth.”

Every year, the university implores students not to participate in the ignominous challenge, which, as most students are likely aware, involves consuming an entire fifth of liquor in before kickoff.

Reciting the dangers of consuming such an excessive amount of alcohol need not be done. Students are aware that no human being should be taking the equivalent of 16 shots in a day, but the reality is that no amount of university programming will dissuade some seniors from participating on Saturday.

Thus, if you or your friends are planning on engaging in extreme binge drinking on Saturday, the Editorial Board of the Old Gold & Black implores you to exercise extreme caution. For a 170-pound male, taking 16 shots over an eight-hour period would result in an approximate BAC of 0.31, and a 140-pound female’s BAC would be approximately 0.52 under the same conditions. A BAC of 0.52 easily could be fatal, and a 0.31 BAC is very close to potentially fatal levels.

Inevitably, there will be participants who require medical attention, and alcohol poisoning is not something to be taken lightly. If you notice any of your peers exhibiting the signs of alcohol poisoning (remember CUPS: Cold Skin, Unresponsive, Puking or Slow Breathing), do not hesitate to seek medical attention for them.

Remember that the university encourages and expects students who are concerned about their own or a classmate’s health due to substance use to seek medical assistance and as such has enacted the Medical Amnesty Policy to assuage fears of conduct action.

The Senior Fifth will likely be a part of campus culture for some time to come. As such, the Editorial Board urges all seniors to use good sense and look out for yourselves and others.