It seems like everyone is drinking in college, but did you know that students often overestimate the quantities that their peers actually consume? During Alcohol Awareness Month, take the time to educate yourself on the different statistics and myths about alcohol. Use this information to make good choices if you choose to drink.
Common myths about alcohol
MYTH: “Alcohol isn’t dangerous.”
FACT: One in three 18-24-year-olds admitted to the emergency room for serious injuries is intoxicated.
MYTH: “If I stop drinking, I’ll be sober enough to drive.”
FACT: It takes about three hours to eliminate the alcohol content of just two drinks.
Statistics among college-aged students
Excessive drinking in college leads to many adverse outcomes.
- About 25 percent of college students report negative academic consequences related to drinking, including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams and receiving lower grades overall.
- About 11 percent of college students report that they have damaged property while under the influence of alcohol.
- More than 696,000 students age 18-24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
- More than 599,000 students age 18-24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol.
- More than 400,000 students age 18-24 have unprotected sex as a result of their drinking, and more than 100,000 students age 18-24 report having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex.
Use the following quick tips from GatorWell Health Promotion Services to keep your experience positive if you choose to drink.
- Track the number of standard drinks you consume.
- Alternate every alcohol drink with water or another non-alcohol beverage.
- Preset your limit before you go out. Stick to it!
- Pace yourself. One drink per hour is a good, general guide.
- Eat something high in protein before you drink. Try to snack throughout, too – preferably non-salty snacks high in protein.
- Designate a non-drinking driver.