This is not a condemnation of
alcohol, or the people who Myths, Lies, and
consume it responsibly and are
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Budweiser 145 College presents individuals with
Busch Beer 133 REMEMBER: No alcohol is permitted in many opportunities to experience new
Busch Light 110 the residence halls unless you are 21 years things. Many students take the time to
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Keystone Light 104 student governments, study abroad, or
Miller Lite 96 become an RA, all of which are positive
Milwaukee's Best 128 associations with college life. Then
Milwaukee's Best Light 98 there are others who choose another
Pabst Blue Ribbon 153 route; a road paved by sex, drugs, and
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This pamphlet will discuss some
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common myths associated with alcohol.
It will also give some startling statistics
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and some unknown facts pertaining to
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alcohol and underage drinking.
Below is a list of ways to help
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• Drink no more than one
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drink per hour
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• Eat a full meal shortly
before you start drinking
If you are worried about the
“freshman fifteen” you can start • Drink non-alcoholic drinks
by not drinking. Take a look at between alcoholic drinks to
the calorie intake on some slow the rate of consumption
popular alcohol beverage.
• Do not mix alcohol with
other drugs, legal or illegal
• Do not let others pressure
you to drink
Ten Myths About 5. Myth: Black coffee and a cold shower will 9. Myth: Drinking isn't all that dangerous.
sober you up.
Alcohol Fact: One in three 18-24 year olds admitted to
Fact: The average person metabolizes alcohol emergency rooms for serious injuries are
1. Myth: Alcohol is a great way to relax and at the rate of about one drink per hour. Only time intoxicated. And alcohol is also associated with
will sober a person up. Drinking strong coffee, homicides, suicides, and drowning. Alcohol is
exercising or taking a cold shower will not help. closely linked with violence. About 40 percent of
all crimes (violent and non-violent) are committed
Fact: Alcohol increases the level of stress that is under the influence of alcohol. In 2004, 30
placed on the body. Adrenaline levels increase in 6. Myth: You can drink and still be in control. percent of all fatal crashes during the week were
the body as we drink. We may feel more relaxed alcohol-related, compared to 51 percent on
when we drink alcohol, but the body actually weekends. For all crashes, the alcohol
comes under additional stress. Fact: Drinking impairs your judgment, which involvement rate was 5 percent during the week
increases the likelihood that you will do and 12 percent during the weekend. About three
something you'll later regret such as having in every ten Americans will be involved in an
unprotected sex, being involved in date rape, alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives.
2. Myth: Alcohol improves sexual
damaging property, or being victimized by others. Just to throw out some other statistics for college
performance. aged students:
This also goes along with believing you can still
drive even after you drink. Although you may feel
fine, your judgment is impaired and you should
Fact: Although a small amount of alcohol may
never drive under the influence; always have a 1,400 college students between the ages of
make you feel less inhibited and may stimulate 18 -24 die each year from alcohol misuse
designated driver or call a taxicab.
your interest in sex, anything more will decrease
and reduce your ability to perform and numb your
70,000 college students reported cases of
sexual abuse because of alcohol use
7. Myth: Beer doesn't have as much alcohol 600,000 reported cases of students being
as hard liquor. assaulted by someone who had been
3. Myth: There is no point in postponing drinking
drinking until I'm over 21. 500,000 college students unintentional
Fact: A 12-ounce bottle of beer has the same injuries blamed on alcohol use
amount of alcohol as a standard shot of 80-proof
Fact: Research shows that the longer you liquor (either straight or in a mixed drink) or 5
postpone drinking, the less likely you are to ever ounces of wine. Alcohol is alcohol. Your blood 10. Myth: Everyone in college drinks!
experience alcohol-related problems. Research alcohol content (BAC), the percent of alcohol in
also shows that the brain does not finish your blood is what determines how drunk you
developing until a person is at least in their early are. Not the flavors you selected. Fact: Although it may seem like everyone you
20s, and one of the last regions to mature is know is drinking, in reality they are not. It is true
intimately involved with the ability to plan and that underage drinking is a problem with 54% of
make complex judgments. They made the legal 8. Myth: Drugs are a bigger problem than freshman illegally consuming alcohol and binge
age limit 21 for a reason. alcohol. drinking is also becoming a problem, but that still
means 46% are not drinking. The number of
college students who do not drink is beginning to
4. Myth: Women can “hold” their alcohol as Fact: Although alcohol use is legal when you are grow. The percentage of abstainers increased
21, and is more socially acceptable, it is still from 15 to 19 percent. 70 % of college age
well as a man.
classified as a drug. Alcohol has claimed the students also favor 21 as the minimum age to
lives of more young people than cocaine, heroin, sell or serve alcohol. 65 % want the rules more
Fact: Women process alcohol differently. No and every other illegal drug combined. About 18 strongly enforced. Just remember that you do not
matter how much a man drinks, if you drink the million Americans are addicted to alcohol or have have to drink in order to fit in. There are many
same amount, you will be more intoxicated and alcohol abuse issues. Furthermore, alcohol is the alternatives to drinking; you just have to find
more impaired. No. 1 drug problem of today's youth. them!
MAKE RESPONSIBLE DECISIONS WHEN IT COMES TO DRINKING
YOU SHOULD NOT DRINK UNTIL YOU’RE 21