When it comes to drinking alcohol, the key is doing so only in moderation. The current USDA and NIAAA Guidelines recommend that if you choose to drink alcohol you drink:
- no more than14 drinks a week for men and 7 drinks a week for women with no more than 4 drinks on any given day for men and 3 drinks a day for women (NIAAA, 2009).
College students drink alcohol in a variety of ways which do and do not align with these guidelines. Read on for information about high risk and protective drinking practices at UC Berkeley.
High risk drinking is the use of alcohol in ways in which the health, well-being, or safety of the individual drinking or others is at risk or when community standards are compromised. High risk drinking practices are generally related to drinking too much, too fast, too strong, and too often without adequate self or other-regulation.
High risk drinking includes:
- Drinking games
- Doing shots
- Drinking anything out of a punch bowl, trough, hose or funnel
- Drinking to get drunk (intoxicated)
- Driving after drinking or riding with someone under the influence
- Drinking too much or too fast on an empty stomach
- Going to parties where people drink too much
- Not knowing what is in your glass or leaving it unattended
- Mixing alcohol with any medications or illegal drugs
The most common drinkning-related risk behaviors in which UC Berkeley first year students engage in are doing shots (40%) and pre-gaming (27%).
Last revised: July 2013