Setting the scene at Carolina Some reasons why people choose to drink Some reasons why people choose NOT to drink Risk reduction strategies Session Outline
What percentage of the campus drinks alcohol once a month or more? 37.9 64.1 92 54.3 85 At UNC
Many people on our campus make healthy choices, but there are some who choose otherwise. Why do you think some people choose to drink? 2010 UNC Core Survey
“Its fun!” Peer pressure/ “social” drinking “Work hard, play hard” Perceived cultural history Helps you loosen up Dance better (or at least you think you do) Hooking up “Boredom factor” Reported Reasons Students Drink Source: Core survey data, 2010
Academic Legal and Judicial Financial Family and Friends Health and Safety 5 Major Impacts of Drinking Source: Dean of Students, n.d.
What impacts Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)? Quantity Rate Weight Time Gender Source: Dean of Students, n.d.
What counts as one drink? Source: NIAAA, 2010 12 fl oz. regular beer = 5 fl oz. table wine = 1.5 fl oz. of hard liquor (80-proof spirits)
Choose not to drink alcohol Eat before & during alcohol consumption Set limits in advance Know what’s in your cup Alternate alcoholic drinks with water/soda Never mix alcohol with medicine or drugs Risk Reduction
Signs of Alcohol Poisoning: Throwing up Incoherence Passing out Shallow breathing Pale, bluish, and/or clammy skin Look Out for Each Other What to do: Use your judgment Call 911 immediately Stay with your friend Try to wake your friend Keep your friend lying on his/her side Do not give food or force fluids If friend can respond, ask about number of drinks, any health conditions, allergies, medications, etc. Source: College Drinking, 2007
Consent – explicit, active communication and mutual approval NOT consent – any sex act against your will, without your consent, or when you are unable to freely give consent (includes being under the influence) Alcohol & Consent Source: Amplify Your Voice, n.d.
Don’t drink, don’t hook up, or don’t do both at the same time Have clear boundaries that are openly discussed in your relationship with your partner If you aren’t in a relationship, have clear boundaries for yourself and communicate those to your friends so they can help you REMEMBER: No matter how far I go, where I went, or how many drinks were bought, I can always remind the person of my boundaries. Alcohol, Consent, and Risk Reduction Source: Amplify Your Voice, n.d.
Alcohol and athletic performance Aerobic capacity Risk of injury Suppressed immune function NCAA and team expectations and policies Risk reduction – the ACSM rule Considerations for Athletes Sources: Lyons, 1998; O’Brien, 1993; University Health Center, 2011
Stereotypes around Greek life and drinking Values of the Greek community Leadership Considerations for Greek Life
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