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Alcohol Facts

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Overdose becomes possible when blood alcohol levels (BALs) reach .28, with 50% of people dying at BALs of .40.

A binge is a pattern of drinking alcohol that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 gram-percent or above. For a typical adult, this pattern corresponds to consuming 5 or more drinks (male), or 4 or more drinks (female), in about 2 hours.

In California, the BAC limit for a person 21 years old or older to drive legally is 0.08%. For people 20 and younger, the legal limit is 0.00%.

Alcohol can cause academic problems. College students report academic consequences of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall (Engs et al., 1996; Presley et al., 1996a, 1996b; Wechsler et al., 2002).

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Social Norms Project

The Social Norms Project at Fresno State began in 2003. Its primary goals are to reduce alcohol abuse, alcohol-impaired driving, and alcohol-related harm among Fresno State students. Posters and other materials are developed specifically for Fresno State, based on data from the National College Health Assessment. The campaign is designed by students, for students.

According to the Fresno State Social Norms Report for 2012:

48% of Fresno State students avoided drinking games the last time they partied or socialized.

social norms beer pong poster

Self-reported heavy drinking (5+ drinks/occasion) decreased between 2009 and 2011.

When compared to the previous report, driving-after-drinking was less prevalent among women declining from 2.7% to 0.7%.

Significantly fewer respondents attributed difficulties in academics with alcohol, with 5.8% in 2009 to 3.0 % in 2011. Alcohol did not rank in the “Top 10” of academic impediments.

During the past 30 days, 25.6% of  males and 31.7% of females did not use alcohol.

The last time students partied,  34.4% of males and 46.9% of females reported having 4 or fewer drinks.