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Drinking safety Amanda Knowles and Amanda Lilly McClatchy-Tribune Parties and bars are age-old pastimes for college kids, but there are some things you should know about alcohol before you decide to hit the town. First, most freshmen are underage and can’t legally drink alcohol in the state of Ohio. If you do decide to imbibe while in college, be sure you understand the serious consequences you may experience if you get caught.


It’s easy to lose sight of the “real world” at college, but drinking underage — on or off campus — comes with very real consequences. First, be familiar with your university alcohol policy. Every college differs in the severity of repercussions, but every one will take disciplinary action. This may include parental notification, community service, alcohol-education classes, probation and, in more serious circumstances, exclusion from areas of campus, suspension or expulsion. It’s important to remember you are sub-

ject to state laws too. In more extreme situations, local police will become involved in an alcohol misconduct case and you could face legal consequences. Finally, consider that most universities have a Good Samaritan provision, which means that no student who seeks or assists another student in getting medical attention for severe intoxication will be subject to serious disciplinary action. Be careful though, this does not exempt you from facing basic repercussions, such as alcohol class and counseling. There often is a hefty hospital fee, too.

Binge drinking among young More than 38 million American adults binge drink about four times a month. Some demographics of that activity: Drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 percent or higher: 5 drinks in about 2 hours

For men

4 drinks in about 2 hours

For women


U.S. age group with the most binge drinkers About 90% of the alcohol people under the age of 21 drink is during binge drinking.


42.2% of full-time college students ages 18 to 22 were binge drinkers in 2010. 35.6% of non-college students in that age group were binge drinkers in 2010.

College students die each year from alcohol-related causes — 1,300 of these from drinking and driving.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services © 2012 MCT Graphic: Chicago Tribune

Andre J. Jackson | Detroit Free Press via MCTCampus

PARTY TIPS Follow these tips to keep you safe when you go to a college party. • Don’t go out alone; go out with friends. • Get your own drinks; you shouldn’t drink anything when you don’t know where it came from. • Don’t set your drink down and if you do, go get a new one. Someone could have slipped something into it while you weren’t looking. • Set a fixed number of drinks you plan to have that night and stick to it. • Know the game plan for the night; make sure you have somewhere to stay if you have too much to drink. • Keep a local cab company’s number in your phone and cash in your pocket in case you need a ride home that night. • Keep an eye out for your friends. If you think your friend has had too much to drink, make sure he or she doesn’t accept more drinks. • Don’t take part in drinking contests. • Drink slowly; pace yourself. • Don’t mix alcohol with any other drugs, including prescription medications. • Eat before you drink. • Drink water in between alcoholic beverages.

How much is too much?

On average, Americans drink more than 2 gallons (7.8 liters) of alcoholic beverages a week.

Blood alcohol levels

Maximum legal limit* Likely impaired Weight 100 lb. (45 kg)

Over legal limit

One drink equals 1.25 oz. (37 ml) of liquor 5 oz. (148 ml) of wine

*.08 blood alcohol level

or one 12 oz. (355 ml) beer

120 lb. (54 kg) 140 lb. (64 kg)

Why women feel effects faster

160 lb. (73 kg)

• Less water in the body: The male body is made up of 66 percent fluid while the female body is 55 percent fluid. Women get a higher blood alcohol level than men after drinking the same amount.

180 lb. (82 kg) 200 lb. (91 kg) 220 lb. (100 kg)

Recommended allowances Men should not regularly drink more than three to four units of alcohol a day

Women should not regularly drink more than two to three units of alcohol a day

• Can’t break it down: Women’s stomachs produce less of the primary enzyme that breaks down some alcohol before it hits the bloodstream.

Who drinks Two or more drinks a day © 2010 MCT





Source: U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, AAA, Graphic: Orange County Register, MCT

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