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Drinking alcohol has become one of the most popular ways college students unwind. In fact, almost 54% of college students ages 18 to 22 say they drink alcohol.
With so many parties and events dedicated just to drinking on college campuses such as tailgates, themed house and apartment parties, and bar crawls it can be easy to fall into the habit of drinking a lot of alcohol regularly.
It’s not all fun and gamesWhile having one or two drinks in a night isn’t necessarily bad, the problem for college students is that many of them don’t stop there. Nearly one-third of all students who drink, binge drink. Binge drinking is when you drink a lot of alcohol in a short amount of time. For women that would be four or more drinks in about 2 hours and for men it would be five plus drinks in that same amount of time.
High-risk drinking can lead to a lot of harmful consequences. For instance:
How to cut downIf you think you might be drinking too much, it’s a good idea to come up with a plan for how you are going to cut down. Here are some tips on how you can limit how much alcohol you drink:
Originally published December 7, 2015; Revised 2020
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