A standard drink is a 12-ounce beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor, whether you have it as a mixed drink or a shot.
•A blackout is more likely to be experienced when you are drinking too much too quickly. Women are more likely to experience blackouts. Blackouts typically occur between a BAC of .10 – .15%.
•There is compelling evidence that adolescents are at a greater risk of experiencing long-term consequences from drinking because the human brain continues to develop until people are in their mid-20’s.
•People can avoid the negative consequences of drinking, such as alcohol poisoning, by setting a personal limit of how many drinks they will consume ahead of time, keeping track of what and how much they are drinking, and keeping their BAC well below .04%.
•BAC stands for blood alcohol concentration.
•At even relatively low BAC levels (0.02-0.04%), alcohol produces significant changes in how a person thinks, acts, and feels. While alcohol mainly slows down brain activity, many people report feeling “in a good mood” after a drink or two, at least for a short period of time.
•Activities that can cause your BAC to rise quickly include playing drinking games, chugging, doing shots, and pre-gaming before going out.
•After people have been drinking, it’s harder to make safe decisions about not drinking and driving. Motor coordination and judgment are impaired, and it can be harder to react to dangers on the road. It can take up to two or more hours to get rid of the alcohol in one standard drink, so a person will need to wait a whole lot longer to sober up than one hour.
•Many students don’t drink in college or don’t drink in high-risk ways. Those who do drink in high-risk ways, drink most of the alcohol consumed in college. Many students actually support stricter alcohol policies.
•The .08 BAC Per Se Law states that it is illegal for individuals of legal drinking age to operate a motor vehicle at or above .08% Blood
Alcohol Concentration (BAC).
•Someone who wants to pace their drinking could try taking small sips to drink more slowly, alternating non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, limiting their drinks to one or fewer per hour.
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