Going off to college is a monumental step in the life of a young adult. It is a stage
of life marked by change and exploration. You move from your parents home into a dormitory
or student housing unit, meet new friends, and discover what it truly is to be out
on your own, making your own decisions, including the decision to drink alcohol. For
many students, drinking is seen as a rite of passage, as part of having fun, of lowering
Alcohol abuse is now a widespread problem on the nation's college campuses. The consequences
of excessive drinking by college students are more significant, more destructive and
more costly than many parents realize. Studies show that four out of five college
students drink alcohol. Two out of five report binge drinking (defined as five or
more drinks for men and four or more for women in one sitting). One in five students
report three or more binge episodes over a period of two weeks.
Statistics to make you think before you take another drink.....
Death: 1,700 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related
unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes.
Injury: 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 each year are unintentionally injured
under the influence of alcohol.
Assault: More then 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 each year are assaulted by
another student who has been drinking.
Sexual Abuse: More than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 each year are victims of
alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
Alcohol Does the Body Bad.......
Before a person feels "drunk", alcohol has already stopped messages from going to
the brain. Even small amounts of alcohol affect judgment and reaction time. When you
can't think clearly, it's hard to make good decisions. Your brain may take as long
as 48 hours to return to normal after a big night of drinking. Long term, heavy drinking
can cause permanent damage to the brain. It can cause problems with memory, thinking
Coordination and Balance
Even small amounts of alcohol can affect coordination and balance. This makes it easier
to fall or get into an accident.
Heavy drinking affects the immune system, making it easier to get lung infections
such as pneumonia and tuberculosis.
The liver cleans poisons, including alcohol from the body. The more alcohol a person
drinks, the harder the liver has to work. People who drink regularly for many years
can have serious liver damage and may even get liver cancer. If the liver is damaged
badly enough, it can stop working, causing the person to die.
Alcohol irritates the stomach. A little can cause nausea. A lot can make you vomit.
Excessive drinking can cause ulcers in the stomach which may eventually bleed.
The pancreas helps regulate the body's blood sugar levels. Long term heavy drinking
can lead to inflammation of the pancreas causing severe abdominal pain, malfunction,
and eventually death.
Do you really know how much you had to drink???
Most people don't know what counts as a standard drink, and therefore, don't realize
how many standard drinks are in the containers in which these drinks are sold.
For beer, the approximate number of standard drinks in:
12 oz can/bottle = 1 standard drink
16 oz can/bottle = 1.3 standard drinks
22 oz can/bottle = 2 standard drinks
40 oz can/bottle = 3.3 standard drinks
For malt liquor, the approximate number of standard drinks in:
12 oz malt liquor = 1.5 standard drinks
16 oz malt liquor = 2 standard drinks
22 oz malt liquor = 2.5 standard drinks
40 oz malt liquor = 4.5 standard drink
For table wine, the approximate number of standard dinks in:
A standard 750 ml (25 oz) bottle of wine = 5 standard drinks
For 80-proof spirits or "hard liquor", the approximate number of standard dinks in:
a mixed drink = 1 or more standard drinks
a fifth (25 oz) = 17 standard drinks
a pint (16oz) = 11 standard drinks
1.75 L (59 oz) = 39 standard drinks
Past the point of possible no return......
Excessive drinking can be hazardous to everyone's health!!! Some people laugh at the
behavior of others who are drunk. Some think that it's even funnier when they pass
out. As you are laughing about the drunk who has passed out in the corner, there a
couple of things that you should know.
It is common for someone who has indulged in an excessive amount of alcohol to vomit
since the alcohol is an irritant. Alcohol depresses nerves that control involuntary
actions such as breathing and the ability to gag (which prevent choking). Typically,
one of the biggest concerns when someone vomits, and is unable to control their gag
reflex to prevent choking, is aspiration of the vomit. When vomit is aspirated, the
lungs are flooded with foul material which blocks the ability for oxygen to get in
and out. If not treated, this could eventually lead to death .
Common myths about sobering up include drinking black coffee, taking a cold bath or
sleeping it off or walking it off. These are just myths. The only thing that reduces
the affects of alcohol in your system is TIME. And time is something that you do not have enough of when you are suffering from