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Low-Risk Alcohol Consumption 

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Culture and society say alcohol and drug use is essential to the college experience, and encouragement to use them is built into your everyday college lives. Music, TV, and pop culture in general encourage substance use. While the messaging is light and fun you don’t hear how alcohol and drugs have the potential to negatively impact your ability to succeed or accomplish goals.

Low-Risk Drinking Tips:

  • Know what a standard drink is: 1 drink is defined as a 12-ounce bottle of beer, or a five-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of liquor.
  • Moderate alcohol intake to 2 or less drinks per day. 
  • Make a plan with your friends before you go out (e.g., "I want to stay out until..." or "I only want to have __ beers tonight."). 
  • When drinking, alternate with water. 
  • If making mixed drinks, measure the amount of liquor and add ice to dilute the drink and make it last longer. 
  • When playing drinking games, consider NOT making drinking being the consequence - just play to have fun!
  • Know the signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning (listed below). 
  • ALWAYS call a sober ride at the end of the night.
  • If engaging in sexual activity when drinking, CHECK-IN (both verbally and through body language!) with your partner to ensure comfortability on both sides. 
  • Remember: 0 is always the lowest risk option. 

Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol poisoning is a result of drinking large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time; the consequence can be dangerous and potentially deadly. Never leave an unconscious person alone, be aware if symptoms increase in severity, and don’t be afraid to call for medical help

Symptoms Include:

  • Confusion, stupor
  • Passing out/Loss of consciousness and can’t be roused
  • Vomiting
  • Slow/Irregular breathing (less than 8 breaths a minute, or a gap of more than 10 seconds between breaths)
  • Low body temperature
  • Blue-tinged skin
  • Seizures

Never leave a person you think is experiencing alcohol poisoning alone. If you believe someone needs help call 911 or poison control, 1-800-222-1222.

Interested in learning more?

  • Request an Alcohol Workshop facilitated by the Center for Student Wellness health educators. 
  • Come by the Center for Student Wellness and grab some resources
  • Set up a 1:1 appointment with a health educator to talk about low-risk drinking. 


Last Updated: 6/20/18