Thinking of Drinking

Before drinking, think about the possible consequences that can affect you, as well as other students, whether or not they choose to drink.

  • Academic problems
  • Health problems
  • Unsafe sex
  • Assault
  • Injury
  • Death

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. How drinking affects your body and mind depends upon your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The effects of alcohol intoxication are greatly influenced by individual variations among users. Some users may become intoxicated at a much lower Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level than is shown.

Percentage of BAC Physical and Mental Effect of Alcohol Concentration
0.02-0.03 BAC No loss of coordination, slight euphoria and loss of shyness. Depressant effects are not apparent.
0.04-0.06 BAC Feeling of well-being, relaxation, lower inhibitions, sensation of warmth. Euphoria. Some minor impairment of reasoning and memory, lowering of caution.
0.07-0.09 BAC Slight impairment of balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing. Euphoria. Judgment and self- control are reduced, and caution, reason and memory are impaired.
0.10-0.125 BAC Significant impairment of motor coordination and loss of good judgment. Speech may be slurred; balance, vision, reaction time and hearing will be impaired. Euphoria. It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle at this level of intoxication.
0.13-0.15 BAC Gross motor impairment and lack of physical control. Blurred vision and major loss of balance. Euphoria is reduced and dysphoria is beginning to appear.
0.16-0.20 BAC Dysphoria (anxiety, restlessness) predominates, nausea may appear. The drinker has the appearance of a "sloppy drunk."
0.25 BAC Needs assistance in walking; total mental confusion. Dysphoria with nausea and some vomiting.
0.30 BAC Loss of consciousness.
0.40 BAC and up Onset of coma, possible death due to respiratory arrest.
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