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Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

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Low-Risk and High Risk Choices

It can be hard to differentiate between high-risk and low-risk choices. There are no definitive guides that are accurate for everybody, but there are suggestions about levels of use that are low-risk. Here is a low-risk guide that is often used on college campuses:

This is sometimes the only low-risk choice. It is the only low-risk choice for those who are driving, pregnant, taking medications, experiencing extreme anger or sadness, performing tasks requiring judgment or coordination, or recovering from chemical dependency. It's also the safest legal guide for students not yet 21 years of age.

For those who choose to drink, the low-risk choice is to drink no more than one drink an hour. Typically, it takes an hour or two for your liver to metabolize the .5 ounces of alcohol found in a typical drink. Try to alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Drinkers are advised to include no more than two drinking occasions a week into their social life. This leaves time for other activities and, of course, studying.

Finally, if you choose to drink, have no more than three drinks on an occasion. College surveys determined that statistically students who drink more than this are likely to experience negative consequences in at least one area of their lives - health, academics, relationships, safety, legal status, finances, etc.