More information about binge drinking can be found below.

What is binge drinking?

  • Drinking a lot period! (sometimes within a short time frame)
  • Having a very high blood alcohol level
  • If you are a male, consuming 5 or more drinks in a row one or more times within 2 weeks
  • If you are a female, consuming 4 or more drinks in a row one or more times within 2 weeks

*It is important to note that this does not take into account weight or the time over which you are drinking

Risks

  • Injuries or death
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (including HIV)
  • Legal problems
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Acquaintance rape

What is a standard drink in the United States?

A standard drink =

  • 13.7 grams (0.6 ounces) of pure alcohol
  • 12 ounces of beer
  • 10 ounces of microbrew
  • 8 ounces of malt liquor
  • 4 ounces of wine
  • 1.5 ounces or a “shot” of 80-proof liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, or whiskey)
  • 1 ounces of 100-proof liquor

How to help a friend

Remember you can not solve your friend’s problem or help them if they are unaware of their behaviors/problems or if they are not ready to seek help. However, here is what you can do~

  • Talk to them about your concerns – show them that someone cares about them
  • Avoid preaching, labeling, judging or giving advice
  • Listen - so that you can assist them in seeking the correct professional care and guide them in the right direction
  • Give support and find help – offer to go along with them to their appointment and stay in touch.
  • Be as objective as possible
  • Use “I” statements and avoid “you”
  • Don’t expect instant results

Where can I Get Help?

Students can seek help from the Counseling Center or the Health and Wellness Center on campus or any other professional mental health counselor or physician.

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Moraga, CA 94575
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