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Left at Hospital With Note, Drunk College Student Was Binge Drinking

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 08:32 AM

By Michael Mullins

After participating in a binge-drinking competition, a 19-year-old undergrad from Arizona State University was left in a wheelchair in an emergency room lobby with a post-it note on his body informing hospital staff of his name, how much he had to drink and a request for help.

The note, which was likely written by his fraternity brothers whom he was drinking with  early Saturday morning, said the student had consumed 20 shots of tequila during the drink-fest, The Associated Press reported.

During examination, the student was found to have a blood-alcohol-content level of 0.47 percent, nearly six times the legal limit for driving.

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The unnamed student was later released by the hospital; however authorities are considering citing the undergrad for underage drinking, considering the extent to which he drank, according to Tempe police spokesman Sgt. Michael Pooley.

The episode is the latest alcohol-related incident to involve ASU students in recent months, the AP reported.

When questioned by police, the student said he was participating in a drinking competition between a handful of friends that was not sanctioned by his fraternity. He is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

The case is still being investigated; however police say the student's drinking buddies will likely not face any criminal charges.

Last year, the same fraternity made headlines when another one of its members drowned to death in the Salt River.

After being booted from a fraternity party on Nov. 30, 19-yer-old Jack Culolias went missing. His body was recovered two weeks later during an extensive search and rescue operation. An autopsy later revealed that Culolias' blood-alcohol-content level was 0.28 percent when he died.

"It’s not just this fraternity. We’ve had a lot of issues with fraternities this year," Pooley told the AP.

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The police sergeant attributed one of the reasons for the apparent spike in alcohol-related incidents involving ASU students to the fact that the university closed all on-campus Greek housing in early 2012, pushing both fraternities and sororities into the city where there can be less supervision.

In a separate case, five fraternity members were arrested several weeks earlier when a brawl broke out in which members used baseball bats and guns in a dispute over a woman.

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