Alcohol: How do you measure up?
How does alcohol affect your life? Answer these questions for personalized feedback on your drinking habits.
About You Talk about yourself
I am a
How much you really drink
You have about drinks every month.
That's xx more than the average college student!
The average college student has 4.6 drinks per week, or 20 per month.
Amount % more than average
You drink approximately % more than the average college student.
You drank more than you had planned 0 times in the past month. Unplanned drinking puts you more at risk for negative consequences such as accidents, a DUI offense, and risky sexual behavior.
Binge Drinking 0 times
For men, binge drinking occurs when a person has at least four drinks in a sitting (about two hours). You engaged in binge drinking 0 times over the past two weeks. This places you at greater risk for suffering negative consequences from drinking.
You estimated that about 0% of college students engaged in binge drinking during the past two weeks. Very good. It's not quite that many. It's more than that. The actual percentage of college students who engaged in binge drinking in the past two weeks is 43.9%.
That means you drank about worth of alcohol last month. That's enough to buy instead.
In a year, you could buy with the you would save by drinking less.
By not drinking, you save about in alcohol costs compared to the average student.
Last month you consumed additional calories from alcohol. This is calories daily. That's like eating an extra every week.
(Or an extra every week.)
Never offset the empty calories from alcohol by skipping meals before drinking. Doing so is dangerous.
Last month you saved yourself calories that the average college student intakes from alcohol!
I drink so I can...
Choose up to three responses that best apply to you.
You drink to...
Forget your worries
Drinking alcohol may relieve feelings of sadness, unhappiness, or hopelessness, but it's only a temporary fix. Because alcohol is a depressant, once it wears off, you'll probably feel worse. The good news is that depression can be successfully treated. If you drink to help with depression, make an appointment to talk to a counselor at your school.
Feel more confident
Drinking alcohol may relieve feelings of worry, fear, and/or panic, in social situations, but it's only a temporary fix. Once the alcohol wears off, you're likely to feel even more anxious. There are many strategies for coping with anxiety which don't involve alcohol. If situations seem overwhelming or uncomfortable, talk to a counselor at your school for healthier, longer lasting support.
Be closer to your friends, Be liked, Be accepted by others
Everyone wants to fit in. Developing new friendships is part of the college experience. But, you don't need to get drunk or binge drink to be part of campus life. Each year, more and more of college students choose not to engage in high-risk drinking or don't drink at all. Don't feel pressured to drink any more than you want to. The choice is yours.
Having a drink may make you feel more confident in certain social situations, but it will not enhance your sex life. Alcohol slows the central nervous system, which negatively impacts physiological arousal and can prevent orgasm. While there's nothing sexier than self-confidence, you don't need alcohol to feel sexy. Studies show that alcohol doesn't increase confidence; people just assume that having a drink or two will boost confidence and make them more attractive.
Feel better in your relationship
Relationships aren't always easy. Everyone has periods of sadness and tension. However, using alcohol to cope with the stress or tension won't address the underlying problems in your relationship. If you are having problems, make an appointment to talk with a counselor at your school. They can help you examine the role alcohol plays in your relationship and offer healthy strategies for communicating and resolving conflict with your partner.
Have more fun
If you surround yourself with people you enjoy being around, chances are you are going to enjoy yourselves regardless of whether or not you drink. You can have fun without alcohol! Next time you get together with friends, look for activities that don't involve going to a bar or a party where alcohol is served.
College can be stressful. Consider healthy alternatives to unwind and relax without alcohol. Meditation, breathing exercises, or physical exercise are good options. Exercise releases endorphins (feelings of optimism and relaxation) and reduces adrenaline and cortisol (stress hormones).
Drinking to get drunk, smashed, wasted, or hammered is never a good idea. This puts you at risk for alcohol poisoning, which can cause coma and death. Know your limit. Next time you're out at a bar or party, stop drinking before you get drunk.
To feel good
As you drink, your brain releases endorphins which may give you a feeling of pleasure. Unfortunately, drinking to feel good can also lead to dependency because your brain will want to continue these good feelings again and again. Try different ways feel good without alcohol. Consider alternatives like community service or exercise. In fact, exercise is good for the body and the mind. Exercise, like alcohol, also releases endorphins.
To meet people
While you may feel more comfortable striking up a conversation with someone after you've had a drink or two, you don't need to drink in order to meet people. Developing new friendships is part of the college experience. You'll have many opportunities to meet people that don't involve going to bars or parties with alcohol.
Because I drank, I've...
Select how often you've done each in the last twelve months.
performed poorly on a test or paper
done something that I've regretted
hooked up with someone I just met
felt hung over the next day
argued with a friend
had unplanned sex
had unprotected sex
Because you drank...
It looks like you haven't had to deal with any negative consequences from your drinking.
Most students report both good and not so good things happening when they drink. It looks like your drinking has had mainly consequences.
Drinking can affect your judgment and cause you to make decisions you wouldn't make otherwise. Students report unintended sexual consequences of drinking that include "hooking up" with someone they don't know well, as well as sex that is unplanned, non-consensual, or unprotected. These actions can lead to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and other physical and emotional harm.
How you act while under the influence of alcohol can be very different from how you act when sober. Behavioral consequences of drinking include embarrassing yourself, getting into arguments or fights, and damaging property.
Heavy drinking can harm your body physically. Not just from the effects of alcohol, but also from how you treat your body while under the influence. Physical consequences include vomiting, hangovers, unconsciousness, black-outs, and bodily injuries.
An excess of alcohol makes it much more difficult to concentrate on the rigors of your classes and studies. Academic consequences of drinking include missing class and performing poorly on tests and papers, which can lead to bad grades or dropping courses.
When I'm drinking, I...
Complete this sentence by choosing the responses that best apply to you.
When you drink...
It doesn't appear that you are doing anything to reduce your risk of harm when drinking. It is important to use strategies to do this. Try these options:
You chose behaviors that help control your alcohol consumption
and behaviors that help reduce your risk of harm when drinking.
Well done! You're already taking action to protect yourself when drinking!
You: a personalized summary of your choices
Based on your responses above, this page provides insight into your alcohol use. As you review your responses, think about how your alcohol use may affect the goals you're set for the next few years. Remember, only you can decide if you need to do something about your drinking.
Number of Drinks per Month
You have about drinks every month. That's xx (%) more than the average college student's 20 per month.
Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking that brings a person's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 or above in about two hours. This typically occurs when a man consumes at least four drinks and when a woman consumes at least three drinks in this timespan. You said that you binged 0 times in the last two weeks.
Motivations for Using Alcohol
You chose as the reasons you drink.
You chose as the consequences of your drinking.
Based on your responses, you have experienced consequences from drinking. You have also engaged in risky sexual behavior while drinking.
Well done, you're already taking steps to protect yourself when drinking! Based on your responses, you .
You are currently engaging in no strategies to reduce your harm when drinking. It is important to use strategies to protect yourself.
Your Wheel of Fate
This wheel shows what might happen to you after a night of drinking, based on your profile.
Grab, drag, then release the wheel - or just click "SPIN" in the center! Are you feeling lucky?
Are you satisfied with your outcome? Click Start Over to change your choices to see how things can be different!