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Safe Decisions in Party Situations

It takes your body one hour to process one standard drink of alcohol. One standard drink equals:
  • 12 fl oz of regular beer
  • 8-9 fl oz of malt liquor
  • 5 fl oz of wine
  • 1.5 oz of liquor
What is a standard drink? Solo red cup shows: 1.5 oz of 80 proof liquor = 40% alcohol,
  5 fl oz of table wine = about 12% alcohol, 8-9 fl oz of malt liquor = about 7% alcohol, 12 fl oz of regular beer = about 5% alcohol Tips in party situations:
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Designate a driver ahead of time
  • Eat before you drink
  • Keep track of how much you drink
  • Pace and Space: Pace your sips and space each drink with a nonalcoholic drink
  • Get comfortable saying “No, Thanks”
  • Keep an eye on your drinks and who makes them
Gender and body weight are critical factors in determining how much an individual can safely drink. Biological females generally metabolize alcohol more slowly than biological males.

Know your CUPSS! The following are signs of alcohol poisoning:
  • Cold or clammy skin and noticeable changes in complexion
  • Unconscious
  • Puking and does not awaken
  • Slow or irregular breaths
  • Seizure

If you notice a friend exhibiting any of these symptoms, this is a medical emergency! Do not wait. Call Campus Safety at (914) 633-2560 and/or 911.

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AOD & Sexual Assault
Any drug that alters a person’s consciousness in a way that makes self-defense or sound decision-making difficult can be used as a “date rape drug.” Alcohol is the drug most frequently used to facilitate sexual assault. Consent is clear, coherent, willing, and ongoing and cannot be given while intoxicated.

What is binge drinking?
Binge drinking is the practice of consuming large quantities of alcohol in a single session, usually defined as five or more drinks at one time for biological males, or four or more drinks at one time for biological females (about 2 hours).

What are blackouts?
Blackouts are a definite sign that your body can no longer tolerate alcohol. A blackout is when you appear to be fully conscious while drinking but the next morning you cannot remember any of the events of the night. When memories from the night before are spotty and fragmented sometimes this is referred to as a “brown-out.” Blackouts are not the same as passing out. Passing out from excessive alcohol use can also occur. This is a loss of consciousness due to the body’s inability to process the amount of alcohol you have consumed and in some cases can be a precursor to alcohol poisoning. Blackouts, brown-outs and loss of consciousness are all serious medical events requiring follow-up with a health care provider.

(Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism,

Could your substance use be a problem?

  • Do you drink/use for a quick pick me up?
  • Do you drink/use because of boredom?
  • Do you drink to the point of "brown-out” or blackout?
  • Do you drink/use to fit in?
  • Do you sometimes drink more than you intended?
  • When you drink/use, do you find yourself in situations you later regret?
  • Do you sometimes feel guilty about your drinking/use?
  • Do you become angry or agitated when others mention your drinking/use?
  • Do you drink/use more than you used to in order to get same effects?
  • Do you find yourself skipping work and classes or putting things off because of drinking/use or thinking about it?
  • Have you been unsuccessful in cutting down?
  • Do you ever drink/use first thing in the morning?
  • Do you continue drinking/use despite negative consequences?

If you answered “yes” to one or more of the questions above, or you are concerned about your substance use, call the Counseling Center at (914) 633-2038 and talk with someone about it confidentially.

(Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism,