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Preventing High Risk Alcohol Use

Alcohol use on campus

The majority of students nationally, and the majority of Emory students specifically, report using alcohol at least once in the past 30 days. But that doesn’t mean that every student chooses to drink. According to student surveys, 30% of Emory undergraduates have never used alcohol, and an additional 10% of previous users didn't use alcohol in the past month.

Figure 1. Frequency of Alcohol Use in Last 30 days, 2011 Emory Undergraduate Respondents

(n=835)

 

alcohol graph

If you choose to use alcohol…

Learn more about Emory’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Policy and the University’s expectations if you choose to use alcohol.

 Among the 70% of Emory undergraduates who have ever used alcohol, many report using harm reduction strategies to help lower the risk of negative consequences related to alcohol use. These strategies include:

1.  Stay with the same group of friends.

85% of Emory students who drink stay with the same group of friends always or most of the time when they party.1

2.  Eat before and/or during drinking.

81% of Emory students who drink eat before and/or during drinking always or most of the time when they party.1

3.  Keep track of the number of drinks you have.

74% of Emory students who drink keep track of their number of drinks always or most of the time when they party.1

It's good to know that the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recommends you stick to a limit of no more than 3 drinks in one sitting for females and no more than 4 drinks in one sitting for males. Depending on other factors (like if you're on medication or have a family history of alcohol abuse) you may choose not to drink.1

4.  Stick with one type of alcohol.

50% of Emory students who drink stick with one type of alcohol always or most of the time when they party.1

5.  Avoid drinking games.

Almost half of Emory students who drink say they avoid drinking games always or most of the time when they party.1

Tracking the number of drinks

In Rethinking Drinking, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) explains the quantity related to low risk use for men and women.

Some people choose not to drink. For people who choose to use alcohol, drinkers with the lowest rates of alcohol use disorders stay within these limits:

For men, no more than 4 drinks on any day and 14 per week;For women, no more than 3 drinks on any day and 7 per week.

Depending on your health status, your doctor may advise you to drink less or not at all.

Alcohol and consent for sex

 
Sexual activity requires consent, which is a clear, positive, voluntary, and ongoing agreement between participants. High risk alcohol use can severely limit the ability to give sober and enthusiastic consent. It can also impair a person's judgment about whether consent has been given. People who are incapacitated from alcohol or drugs cannot give consent for sexual activity

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the prevention of high risk alcohol use at Emory, please contact Willie Bannister (wbannis@emory.edu) or Raphael Coleman (raphael.coleman@emory.edu) in the Office of Health Promotion.

  * Statistics based on the 2011 Emory National College Health Assessment survey. American College Health Association. American College Health Association‐ National College Health Assessment II: Institutional Data Report Fall 2011 Emory University. Hanover, MD: American College Health Association; 2011.

 1 The National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.  http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov. Accessed 7/30/13.