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Now that you are in college, you’ve got the freedom to make your own decisions about your life. That includes how much (if ever) and how often you drink, smoke or take drugs. But before you start partying every night, take a look at some of the links below and make sure you know all the facts about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Are you good to go?
You might know that a .10% BAL puts you over the legal limit for driving, but do you know how alcohol effects your body in the .05-06% range? At what percent do blackouts start to occur? And if you are a 140-lb. woman who has 5 drinks in two hours, how do you know exactly what you BAL is, anyway? For answers to all of these questions and more, take a look at this Blood Alcohol Level Table.
Here are some hints for maintaining a moderate blood alcohol concentration (adapted from How Alcohol Effects Us):
The Red Watch Band movement is designed to end alcohol overdose deaths by teaching students how to handle alcohol emergencies and summon professional help. All participants who complete the RWB training receive CPR certification and are able to understand how alcohol emergencies are medical emergencies that require immediate, professional care. For a full training schedule, click on the watch below.
Finally, test your own (or someone else's) alcohol use by using our free, anonymous online screening. Or, take the BASICS screening to obtain even more personalized information about your alcohol or marijuana usage patterns; your results are confidential. You can also obtain individual BAL (blood alcohol level) information given your gender and weight using this Blood Alcohol Chart.
Thinking about making changes to your own use patterns? Talk it over with our AOD Counselor, Sarah Covell. Make an appointment with Sarah by calling 585-245-5716 (on Tuesdays, also visit with Sophie!).
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