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For the Record: College, Alcohol, and Other Drugs
Transcript of For the Record: College, Alcohol, and Other Drugs
What is BAC and what is it costing you?
BAC stands for Blood Alcohol Content. It is usually expressed in the percentage of alcohol in your blood. This percentage is used by police to determine if you are driving under the influence. 0.08% is the limit in most places.
Tips for Safe Drinking
Keep track of the number of drinks you've had
Don't drink on an empty stomach
Decide how many drinks you are going to have before you start
Drink smart. Know how much alcohol you are consuming by being knowledgeable of how much is in each drink (check out this website for help- http://www.brad21.org/what_is_a_drink.html )
Mixing Alcohol and Drugs
Mixing alcohol and drugs can be a very dangerous mix.
Myths and Facts
You're in college! You're supposed to drink, right?
A Snapshot of the Consequences of Drinking
Do you have a drinking problem?
People say they drink to have fun and feel more relaxed. Not surprisingly, no one says they like to drink because they like throwing up, getting arrested, feeling embarrassed or going to the hospital.
We all occasionally make the mistake of getting our facts mixed up, but if you are going to drink alcohol get your facts straight before you do. Follow the link below to clear up 10 common myths college students have about alcohol.
Pot: Using pot and alcohol can greatly impair your driving. Because pot reduces your gag reflex, you may not be able to throw up when you need to resulting in alcohol poisoning. It can also make you more drunk and high than you intended and cause nausea.
Sedatives: Using sedatives like GHD, Rohypnol, or sleeping pills combines with the sedative effects of the alcohol. This can cause black-outs, coma, or even death. Both GHD and Rohypnol have been used as date-rape drugs. In addition, this combination can cause nausea and vomiting.
Opiate: Opiates like heroin and codeine can cause the nervous system to slow down. This may stop breathing, induce coma, or even death.
Prescription drugs: The result of mixing alcohol and prescription drugs is dependent on the purpose of the prescription drug. In any case, most prescription drugs are not to be taken with alcohol. Liver damage or failure can occur along with a host of other side-effects.
Injury: 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol
Assault: 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking
Sexual Abuse: 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape
Drunk Driving: 3,360,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 drive under the influence of alcohol
In addition, alcohol has direct consequences on your body. Follow the link below to explore how alcohol interacts with your body.
Use the first website below to calculate your BAC, number of calories consumed, and monetary cost of your drinking. The second website lists the effects of alcohol by certain BAC percentages.
Alcohol abuse happens when you use alcohol in ways that cause negative consequences. The following may be warning signs that you have a problem.
You drink to get drunk.
You have a hard time stopping at a couple drinks.
You almost always have a hangover after drinking.
You miss class or work because of drinking.
You drink at times when it's not safe or smart to drink (before an exam, during work time, while driving)
You black-out during drinking
Others have approached you about your drinking habits
Follow the link below to determine if you should cut down on your drinking.
Alcohol poisoning is a medical emergency. Alcohol slows down the systems in your body. In a big enough dose, it can stop a person's breathing and prevent the gag reflex causing choking.
Alcohol is not the only drug you will come into contact with in college. This area is specifically known for the growth of marijuana. Check out the Prezi below about pot and its effects.
College is a fun, exciting, and challenging experience. Make the smart choices with alcohol and other drugs to stay safe and healthy!
Comprehensive list of websites, articles, and books about substance use.
List of groups and workshops available at HSU Counseling and Psychological Services Center.
Community Resource List