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Alcohol

Many college students find themselves in situations where they will be making decisions about drinking. Careless decisions can have harmful, negative consequences. The information provided below will help you make informed decisions about alcohol.

Did you know?

The national average number of drinks per week was 4.6 in 2013, ODU's was only 3.4 drinks per week.
The percentage of students who reported binge drinking (high-risk drinking) in the previous two weeks at ODU in 2013 was 38.6% compared to the national average of 43.9%.
ODU students BELIEVE 91% of their peers drink alcohol once per week or more...the REALITY is only 41% of ODU students drink alcohol once per week or more! (2013, ODU CORE Alcohol & Drug Survey).

Standard Drink Size: Size Matters!

Standard Drink Equivalences: 12oz of beer = 5oz table wine = 1.5oz. 80 proof liquor

Some solo cups are actually 18.5oz (not 12oz), which means that 1 solo cup full of beer can equal MORE than just one drink! Drinks can add up quickly...KNOW what and how much you are drinking!

The liver can only process 1 standard drink per hour.

Men & Women

Women metabolize alcohol much slower than men because they are generally smaller, have more body fat (which cannot absorb alcohol), are composed of 10-20% less water, and have 70-80% less of the stomach enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase which breaks down alcohol. Studies also show that women also become addicted to alcohol quicker than men.

​*5 or more standard drinks for men in a 1-1.5 hour time period is considered high risk, or binge drinking

*4 or more standard drinks for women in a 1-1.5 hour time period is considered high risk, or binge drinking

Alcohol Poisoning:

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Unresponsive to a pinch
  • Vomiting
  • Slow and/or irregular breathing
  • Cool, Clammy or pale/blue-tinged skin

*All of these symptoms do not need to be present! CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY! Alcohol poisoning is a medical emergency which can be fatal or cause permanent brain damage.*

Drugs

Did you know?

67.4% of ODU students report NEVER using tobacco products in the past year and 70% of ODU students report NEVER using marijuana in the past year (2013 ODU CORE Alcohol & Drug Survey).

​In the United States, 11 million American adolescents and young adults ages 12-29 need help with drug and alcohol issues; 9 million of these are between the ages of 12-25. (Drugfree.org)

The brain is not fully developed until ages 22-24, and can be more vulnerable to the effects of drugs and alcohol before this time. The prefrontal cortex develops last, which is responsible for decision making and moderating social behavior. (Drugfree.org)

3 Main Groups of Drugs

Stimulants

Common drugs which are classified as stimulants include Methamphetamine (Meth), Crystal Meth, Ecstasy, Cocaine and Crack Cocaine, Amphetamines, and Bath Salts.

​Stimulants are drugs that stimulate the brain and central nervous system, speeding up communication between the two. They include amphetamines, cocaine, crack and some inhalants. Your everyday coffee (caffeine) is a stimulant that many people have formed an addiction to.

Depressants

Common drugs which are classified as depressants include Alcohol, Heroin, GHB, Rohypnol, Ketamine, Inhalants, and Morphine. ​

​Depressants slow down the activity of the brain and nervous system, slowing the communication between the two.

Hallucinogens

Common drugs which are classified as Hallucinogens include LSD, Mushrooms (Psilocybin), PCP, Mescaline (Peyote), and Salvia.

Hallucinogens interfere with the brain and central nervous system in a way that results in radical distortions of a user's perception of reality. Profound images, sounds and sensations will be experienced, but they will not actually exist

Prescrtiption Drugs

You should never take a prescription drug that was not prescribed to you. You should only use prescription drugs that were prescribed to you according to the instructions from your healthcare provider. An estimated 20% of people in the U.S. have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons. This is known as prescription drug abuse and is a serious and growing problem (medlineplus.com). According to the National College Health Assessment (2011), 13.8% of ODU students reported using a prescription drug that was not prescribed to them within the past year.

Smoking Cessation & Tobacco Prevention

Student Health Services is committed to helping college students quit using tobacco products. FREE "Quit Kits" are available in the Health Promotion Office to students trying to quit. In addition, students can make an appointment with one of our health care providers at Student Health Services to receive information on prescription medications to assist with smoking cessation. Click on the icons below for more information and to find out what ODU is doing to help smokers quit and protects non-smokers from second hand smoke.