Current surveys indicate alcohol is the drug of choice among post-secondary students - findings consistent with nationwide reports listing alcohol as one of the most frequently-used psychoactive drugs.
At Red River College, opinions on the subject vary. Some choose to abstain from drinking, while others consider themselves social drinkers. Some consider booze an important part of daily life, while still others drink only occasionally - but always to binge-worthy levels of excess.
Where on the spectrum do you fall?
Just as frequency levels can vary, so can the risks or consequences of alcohol use. Drinking may not always lead to harm, but pose a risk to your studies, relationships, health and self-respect - not to mention your criminal record.
The purpose of this page is to help you to rethink how you choose to use alcohol. Consider all factors - only you can decide what’s best for your situation.
1. Self Assessments
2. What Happens When You Get Drunk?
3. Blood Alcohol Concentration
To rate your current drinking practices - and more fully inform future decisions - complete the following confidential self-assessments (available free online):
There’s a good chance you’ll embarrass yourself, lose your lunch and then your self-respect - behaviour that could lead friends and family to think a lot less of you. There’s an increased chance you could become physically violent, engage in unsafe sexual behaviour, or endanger yourself and others by drinking while drunk. And there are long- and short-term health hazards - the most obvious being the threat of overdose.
Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is the amount of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream. Though measured in percentages (BAC of 0.10% = one part alcohol per 1,000 parts blood), it can’t be measured solely by the number of drinks you’ve had. Also consider:
If you’re concerned about your drinking - or someone else’s - please make an appointment for free, confidential counseling: Drop by D102 (Notre Dame Campus) or P210 (Exchange District Campus), or fill out our online intake form (http://www.rrc.ca/NDCintake or http://www.rrc.ca/EDCintake )