Alcohol & Other Drugs

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Engaging in excessive or underage drinking can result in many negative consequences, such as hangover, missing class, throwing up, headache, spending money, unplanned/unprotected sexual activity, sexual assault, fighting, unintentional injury, and drunk driving, just to list a few.

The National Institute on Alcoholism & Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) National Advisory Council approved the following definition of high-risk drinking in 2008: 

     ‘A “binge” is a pattern of drinking alcohol that brings blood alcohol
     concentration (BAC) to 0.08 gram percent or above. For the typical adult, this
     pattern corresponds to consuming 5 or more drinks (for a male), or 4 or more
     drinks (for a female), in about 2 hours.’

NIAAA College Drinking Fact Sheet

Annual national statistics include the following:

  • Approximately 1,800 college students die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries;
  • About 25% of college students drop out due to alcohol-related issues;
  • More than 97,000 college students are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape;
  • Approximately 600,000 college students are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol.
Consuming alcohol under the age of 21 is illegal. If you choose to drink alcohol, there are several protective behavior strategies to consider as ways to stay safe and minimize negative consequences.

GatorWell’s Alcohol and Other Drug Program offers UF students

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