MYTHS and FACTS About Alcohol
MYTH: “I can drive well enough after a few drinks . . .”
FACT: 50% of all crashes among 18-24 year olds involve alcohol.
MYTH: I can sober up quickly if I have to . . .
FACT: It can take up to 2 hours to process one drink.
MYTH: Beer doesn’t have as much alcohol as hard liquor.
FACT: 12 oz. of beer = 1 shot of 80-proof liquor = 4.5 oz. glass of wine
MYTH: The more you drink, the better you feel!
FACT: Alcohol is biphasic: at low levels it produces feelings of euphoria; at high levels it produces unpleasant inebriating effects, such as vomiting, mood changes and passing out.
What is Binge Drinking Anyways?
- Drinking a lot of alcohol in a short amount of time causing a very high blood alcohol level.
- When a man consumes 5 or more drinks in a row within a 2 hour period.
- When a woman consumes 4 or more drinks in a row within a 2 hour period.
Remember, one (1) drink is considered:
- 12oz beer
- 10oz wine cooler
- 4oz wine
- 1oz 80-proof liquor
Signs of a Problem Drinker
- Drinking alone
- Makes/finds excuses to drink
- Hides their drinking
- Inability to reduce or stop drinking
- Neglects responsibilities
- Change in appearance
- Becomes involved in violent episodes when drinking
- Has poor eating habits
- Becomes angry when confronted about drinking
- Has a decreased academic performance (drugfree.org)
If you know someone who has had too much to drink:
- DO NOT LEAVE THE PERSON ALONE. Blood alcohol levels can continue to rise even after a person has passed out, so check on him/her often.
- Try to wake the person up.
- Place the person in fetal position with pillow at the back to prevent rolling to avoid the person choking on his/her own vomit.
- Check for regular or shallow breathing.
- Check for blue lips or pale skin.
- Do not put a person in a cold shower – it can cause the person to go into physical shock.
- Coffee will not sober a person up – the only thing that can sober someone up is TIME.
- Do not hesitate to call 911.
Call 911 ASAP if a Person is:
- Unconscious, cannot be woken up or can only be awakened for a short time
- Unaware of surroundings
- Exhibits respiratory difficulties, including slow, labored breathing (10 breaths per minute or less is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY).
- Blue under the fingernails or at gums
- Cold, clammy, and/or bluish skin
- Vomiting while semiconscious or unconscious
Tips for Reduced-Risk Partying
- Plan ahead! Set a limit and stick to it.
- Alternate between alcoholic drinks and water in order to stay hydrated and space out your alcohol intake.
- Always have a designated driver. Plan on registering an account with Uber or Lyft or keep Crimson Cab’s number (524-TAXI; free rides for NMSU students with ID) in your phone.
- Eat before and while you drink to help slow the absorption of alcohol.
- Either avoid playing drinking games or cheat during. Drinking games can lead to drinking a larger amount of alcohol in a shorter amount of time, which could lead to you not realizing how intoxicated you’re becoming.
- Know how much you are drinking: 1 drink = 1 4oz. glass of wine, 1 12oz. beer, 1 shot of 80-proof liquor. Mixed drinks may be more than one serving!
- Use the buddy system. Stick with a group or a buddy, and make sure you look out for each other.
- Keep an eye on your drink to protect yourself from date rape drugs – both men and women are at risk of being drugged.
- Don’t drink from punch bowls or pitchers – they are easy to drug, potentially unhygienic, and it is difficult to keep track of how much you are drinking.
- Remember that it’s okay to not drink; you can have a blast sober!
Want feedback on your use of alcohol? Complete the e-CHUG and see where you stand!
What is e-CHUG?
The e-CHUG (electronic Check-Up to Go) is an interactive web survey that allows college and university students to enter information about their drinking patterns and receive feedback about their use of alcohol. The assessment takes about 6-7 minutes to complete, is self-guided, and requires no face-to-face contact time with a counselor or administrator.
What Does it Do?
When you access the e-CHUG, you are prompted to enter information about yourself. In addition to demographic information, it will ask you to enter information about your drinking habits, family history, and to complete the World Health Organization’s AUDIT.
After all information has been entered, you submit the form. The information you entered is then validated and processed. The e-CHUG calculates a number of variables and compares your responses to national and local college norms. Then, your personalized feedback is displayed in an easy-to-read format.
What Do I Need to Use the e-CHUG?
- A computer
- Internet access
- About 6-7 minutes