The Columbia Police Department continues to investigate the death of a University of South Carolina freshman who was found dead in an off campus house. Coroners reports show that Charles Terrini's blood alcohol content was over four times the legal limit at the time of his death.
USC's Columbia Hall resident mentor Trey Logen says many students have been dangerously close to the same fate. He says some of his residents drink until they black out.
“Columbia Hall has a reputation for being the party building and it's the closest one to Five Points, and it has really lived up to it's reputation," says Logen.
He says in just his first week as a resident mentor he dealt with several incidents of alcohol and drugs.
Logen is more concerned than ever in the wake of the death of freshman Charles Terrini who died just weeks ago with an alcohol level of .375.
“When someone dies it really wakes you up like maybe you should take that more seriously,” says Logen.
USC senior Chuck Bacon says he goes out to Five Points frequently. How much does he drink to get blackout drunk?
“Thirty to get blackout. It doesn't make me scared. It should make me scared," says Bacon.
With students like Chuck Bacon pushing it to the limit, Trey Logen still fears that his residents haven't learned much from Terrini's death.
Despite Terrini's toxicology report, police officers are still investigating the night of his death and the events that led up to it. Authorities say that most people don't know how much it actually takes to be over the legal limit.
For someone that is 5'8 and one hundred thirty pounds, the blood alcohol calculator estimates it would take roughly four beers or five shots until that person reached .08, the legal limit to drive.
They would have to consume three times as much within an hour for that person to be four times over the limit. At that level of intoxication, the Be Responsible About Drinking website says that a coma is possible, and there is a possibility of death due to respiratory arrest.
You can find out how much it would take you to reach the legal limit visit the B.R.A.D. website.