Low and High Risk Drinking
Understand the differences between low and high risk drinking in order to encourage responsible drinking. If your student is engaging in high risk drinking behaviors know the warning signs and have a conversation.
Low Risk drinking is:
- Abstaining from alcohol.
- Thinking about whether and what you will drink before the party.
- Being 21 or older.
- Eating a meal before drinking.
- Always knowing what you are drinking.
- Making arrangements to get home safely before you go out.
- Drinking no more than one drink an hour for females, and no more than two drinks an hour for males.
- Alternating alcoholic beverages and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the night.
High Risk drinking is:
- Drinking games, chugging, drinking anything out of a punch bowl, trough or funnel.
- Drinking to get drunk.
- Drinking too much too fast.
- Leaving your glass unattended.
- Not knowing what you are drinking.
- Mixing alcohol with medications or illegal drugs.
- Going to parties where people drink too much.
- Missing or skipping classes (or assignments)
- A significant change in academic performance
- Frequent requests for money to cover expenses, or taking a second job
- Moodiness, defensiveness, or silence when you try to talk to him/her about school
Refer to our Quick Questions Guide for information about campus offices that can help