Education Resources

Alcohol and Health

Educating students on the health consequences and misconceptions surrounding alcohol use.
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CDC data from 2006 to 2010 show that over 4300 deaths per year of individuals under 21 are attributable to alcohol consumption.
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The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 35% of high school students reported consuming alcohol in the prior 30 days.
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The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found 21% of high school seniors reported binge drinking during the prior 30 days.
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According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 80% of college students report drinking some amount of alcohol.
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According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 50% of college students report binge drinking.

What is binge drinking?
Binge drinking is refers to the consumption of large amounts of alcohol in a short time with the goal of becoming quickly intoxicated. Definitions vary, but in general consuming five or more standard drinks for males, or four or more drinks for females, over a 2-hour period qualifies as binge drinking.
What is a "standard drink"?
A "standard drink" contains 14 grams of ethanol. The same amount of alcohol is present in 12 ounces of beer (5% abv), 5-6 ounces of wine (~12% abv) and 1.5 ounces of liquor (~40% abv). In a party setting where mixed drinks are served, the amount of alcohol is present can be unclear.
Is there anything that can quickly sober someone up?
No. Only time can make a person sober. The liver can metabolize about one ounce of alcohol per hour - about as much alcohol present in a standard drink.
What are date rape drugs?
A date rape drug is any drug that prevents a person from giving consent to sexual contact. While the term is generally used to refer to drugs like rohypnol ("roofies") and GHB, alcohol is the most widely used date rape drug.
Do date rape drugs have a taste?
The most commonly used date rape drug is alcohol. The amount of alcohol present in a drink isn't always apparent from its taste. Other date rape drugs like rohypnol ("roofies") and GHB are tasteless.
When should I get help for someone who has been drinking?
The following are signs that someone may be in trouble: unconsciousness or an inability to be roused, repeated or uncontrolled vomiting, slow or irregular breathing, and cold or clammy skin. If you have another reason to suspect something is wrong (for example, you witnessed someone hit their head), don't hesitate to call for help. Early signs of a life-threatening head injury can easily be confused with alcohol intoxication.
Can an intoxicated person consent to sex?
No.