Alcohol and drinking are often considered part of the culture of college. Many students perceive drinking almost to be required while at college. According to the 2010 National College Health Assessment, UC students thought that 48% of students drink every weekend, however only 13% of UC students reported drinking 1-9 days out of 30. For those students that choose to use alcohol there is some basic information that all students should know to increase their health and safety while using alcohol.
Blood Alcohol Concentration or Blood Alcohol Level (BAC/BAL) is the ratio of alcohol to blood in the bloodstream. BAC can be used as an indicator to measure level of intoxication and anticipate some of the physical, mental and behavioral responses to alcohol use.
Alcohol Poisoning is a dangerous and sometimes deadly consequence of drinking a lot of alcohol in a short period of time.
Signs of Alcohol Poisoning:
- Breathing is slowed or weakened or may stop
- Skin color becomes blue especially in the lips and fingernails
- Skin is cold and clammy to the touch
- Difficult to wake up
- Irregular heartbeat
What to do if someone has had too much to drink
- DON'T leave them alone
- DON'T give them any medication, food or liquid
- Keep them comfortable and position them on thier side
- Check their breathing and skin color
- Try to wake them
- Call for HELP if you feel you need it
How to monitor your alcohol intake and lower your risk of negative consequences
- Keep track of your drinks
- Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Set limits in advance
- Avoid drinking games
- Pace drinks to one or fewer per hour
- Eat before and during drinking
- Stick with only one kind of alcohol
Of students at UC who drink, 96.3% reported using at least one or more of these drinking safety methods within the last 12 months.