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
- 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.