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!