Know Your Numbers

Learning some basic facts about alcohol consumption can help you stay safe.

Do you know what it takes to turn up responsibly?

Increase your Drink IQ!

  • If it fits in a glass, does it mean it is just one serving?

    Most people think this is the way it works, but this is actually quite wrong!

    In the United States, one "standard" drink contains roughly 14 grams of pure alcohol, which is found in:

    • 12 ounces of regular beer, which is usually about 5% alcohol
    • 5 ounces of wine, which is typically about 12% alcohol
    • 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits, which is about 40% alcohol

    For instance, depending on the preparation, there are roughly 4 standard drinks in one Long Island Ice Tea! If you have two of those in a period of two hours or less you are actually binge drinking, which goes to the next topic...

  • Drinking to get wasted vs. Drinking to have a good time

    Binge drinking has been popularized by media and popular culture. Many people attending college feel they need to get wasted in order to get a real college experience. This is not the case! In fact, binge drinking is highly dangerous and can even cause death. So what is considered binge drinking?

    Well, it depends! There are many factors including your gender, BMI, etcetera. But here are some general rules so you can get a basic idea:

    Men: Drinking 5 or more standard drinks in two hours or less.

    Women: Drinking 4 or more standard drinks in two hours or less. 

    Remember, your body can only process up to one standard drink per hour... don't make it work overtime!

  • Tips for a Smarter Turn Up
    • Remember, just because it fits in a glass doesn't mean it is just one serving. Especially if we are talking about home made drinks like what you'll find in the punch bowl at some parties.
    • Eat food while you drink.
    • Alternate drinks with water.
    • Avoid "chugging" contests or other drinking games. They are designed to make you binge.
    • Keep active while drinking.
    • Beware of unfamiliar drinks, especially fruity/sweet ones. They are designed to mask the taste of alcohol.
    • Avoid mixing alcohol with caffeine i.e. Red Bull. This will mask the effect that alcohol has on your body tricking you into consuming more for the same effect while potentially affecting your liver and heart. 
    • Peer pressure is real. Lose your drink by spilling it or pouring it out without anyone noticing if you don't want to take it. 
    • Agree with your friends ahead of time that if you are going out together, you are coming back together. 
    • Be an active bystander! Watch out for your friends and others.
    • Always have a plan for getting home. 
    • Get help quickly if someone appears to be passed out.
  • Some Statistics...
    • Alcohol related crashes are the number one cause of death for college students (followed by suicide).
    • Ninety percent of all campus rapes occur when either the victim or the assailant were under the influence of alcohol.
    • Students who drink are more likely to have unprotected sex.
    • Alcohol is a factor in 28% of college dropouts.
    • Forty two percent of college students report binge drinking. 
  • Resources on Campus

    If you think you may be facing issues with alcohol or other drugs there is free and confidential help on campus!

    You can start by taking a free screening on the Online Self-Help portion of our website, or by clicking here.

    You can also make an appointment with us (the Counseling & Psychological Services department) by calling 305.348.2277. We have offices at BBC and MMC.

    Last but not least, Panthers 4 Recovery is an FIU student groupthat holds meetings for students that struggle with addiction of all kinds. You can find more information here.

    For more information about the topics, please visit: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism


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