Alcohol

Facts about Alcohol

  • One drink is equal to 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer and 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.
  • Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is affected by a number of things, including the 
    drinker's gender and weight and also how fast and the time period during which they drink.
  • The average student is estimated to spend about $900 on alcohol each year compared
    to the average $450 they spend on books.
  • Studies show that one person's drinking habits can affect an average of five other people.
  • Alcohol's short term effects include distorted vision, hearing, and coordination, impaired judgment, altered perceptions and emotions, slowed reactions, hangovers, memory lapses.

Learn more about alcohol's effect on athletic performance.

Signs of Abuse

  • Inability to control drinking
  • Change in personality
  • High tolerance level
  • Blackouts
  • Problems with work, school, family, and/or friends
  • Denial of problem

Safe Drinking Tips

  1. Decide what you want from your drinking
  2. Count your drinks, space them out to about 1 per hour 
  3. Pace yourself - alternate alcoholic drinks with water or juice
  4. Eat before and while you drink
  5. Set a drinking limit - know how much you are going to have before you start
  6. Never leave your drink unattended
  7. Don't play drinking games
  8. Don't drink from open punch bowls - they could be spiked
  9. Mix your own drink so you can control what's in it
  10. Don't try to keep up with someone else - everyone processes alcohol at his or her own rate

Local Cab Companies

Before going out, plan a safe ride home. 
Boston Cab - (617) 262-2227
Town Taxi - (617) 536-5000
Metro Cab - (617) 782-5500
Top Cab - (617) 266-4800
All Are Taxi - (617) 536-2000

Did You Know?

From AlcohoEdu 2011:
70% of First Year Students at Wentworth consider themselves “non-drinkers.”
43% of First Year Students at Wentworth have not had a drink of alcohol in the past year.
57% of First Year Students at Wentworth believe that they don’t have to drink alcohol to have a good time.

Resources

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence  - provides education, information, help, and hope to the public. It advocates prevention, intervention, and treatment through a nationwide network.

Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education - Find a treatment center, learn how to get help and information for family and friends.

e-CHUG - Curious about your alcohol use? Take this online assessment.