Let’s face it. Drinking can be a part of life for many young adults, and it’s important to know how to drink responsibly and safely. It all starts with a plan. Here is some practical information about alcohol use that might help you and your friends avoid binge drinking and its dangerous effects on your health and well-being.
The Stay In The Know – Think Before You Drink campaign is designed to raise awareness and educate individuals over the age of 21 who drink alcohol and reduce the harmful effects associated with binge drinking.
RESPONSIBLE DRINKING TIPS (SELECT EMOJI TO REVEAL TIP)
- 12 ounces of a 5% alcohol by volume (ABV) beer- most craft beers have 6 to 9% (ABV)
- 5 ounces of wine (about 13% alcohol by volume)
- 1.5 ounces (a “shot”) of liquor, like gin, rum, vodka, tequila or whiskey (about 40% alcohol)
Binge drinking is defined as a pattern of alcohol consumption that brings the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level to 0.08 percent or more according to the National Institute on Alcohol
Abuse and Alcoholism. It is the consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time.
Four drinks or more for a female and five drinks or more for a male within two hours is binge drinking.
Increased risks of:
- Injuries (including car crashes, falls, sexual assault)
- Alcohol poisoning including death
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Sexual dysfunction
- Unintended pregnancy
- Liver disease
- Brain damage
Moderate drinking is defined as up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks a day per men according to the US Department of Health and Human Services and US Department of Agriculture. The exceptions to this definition include:
- individuals under 21
- individuals operating a vehicle or machinery
- anyone who is pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breastfeeding
- individuals in recovery
- anyone using certain medications
The Stay in the Know - Think Before You Drink Campaign is designed to raise awareness and educate individuals over the age of 21 who drink alcohol and reduce the harmful effects associated with binge drinking. The goal is to encourage those who drink alcohol to do so in safe and responsible manner. The purpose of this harm reduction strategy is to reduce the risks associated with the overconsumption of alcohol and prevent individuals from harming themselves and others.