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Beer cans file photo

Empty beer cans and a bottle litter the ground at the Mifflin Street Block Party in this May 4, 2013, file photo.

UW police are warning students about excessive drinking after a high number of incidents involving alcohol — including some dangerous levels of intoxication and incapacitation — in their first week back on campus.

UW Police Chief Susan Riseling said a 19-year-old female student who was passed out near Smith Greenhouse and had a blood alcohol concentration of .37 percent could have died if no one had called for help.

Another 19-year-old female student was taken to detox after she was found stumbling around Camp Randall Stadium just before Saturday’s game with a blood alcohol concentration of .33 percent.

In Wisconsin, the legal limit for drivers is .08 percent.

Since Aug. 27, UW police have issued 25 underage alcohol citations and had 10 incidents in which a UW-Madison student was taken to a detox facility.

If someone's life is in danger because of over-consumption of alcohol, students or acquaintances should immediately call 911 to seek help, police said.

Information about UW-Madison’s Responsible Action Guidelines, which provide a level of legal and disciplinary immunity to UW students who call for help when a fellow student needs medical attention, is available at: students.wisc.edu/alcoholinfo/resp_action_guide.html.

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