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Alcohol and Your Health - For ages 19 - 24

Binge drinking is having 4 or more drinks for females and 5 or more drinks for males on one occasion


Alcohol & Health

Did you know that having as little as 1-2 drinks per day increases your risk of developing chronic diseases such as:

  • 8 types of cancer (mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, breast, colon and rectum)
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke

The more alcohol you drink, the greater your risk of getting cancer, heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. Not only can alcohol use affect your health it can affect the health and development of an unborn child.  If you are women who may become pregnant or may be pregnant, the safest option is to not drink alcohol at all.

human brain

Alcohol & your brain

  • Your brain continues to develop well into your twenties
  • Researchers are concerned that drinking alcohol during this time can lead to lower grades and lifelong problems such as:
    • Trouble with your memory
    • Trouble with your motor skills
    • Trouble with your coordination

What you can do: If you don’t drink, don’t start and if you do drink, drink less


Alcohol & school

Alcohol use can result in:

  • Missing classes
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Doing poorly on tests or projects
  • Disciplinary issues

Someone who is hung over is more likely to sleep in, or may be too sick to attend class. People who party several times a week can fall behind on their homework, projects, or papers – causing low grades and even dropping out of school.

On average students who drink large amounts of alcohol tend to have lower grades:

What you can do:

  • If you don’t drink, don’t start and if you do drink, drink less
  • Plan ahead and stay in control
  • Know your limit

Alcohol & violence

Alcohol use can increase your risk of violence. Violence takes many forms such as:

  • Bullying
  • Gang violence
  • Sexual aggression
  • Assaults

What you can do:

  • If you don’t drink, don’t start and if you do drink, drink less
  • Never leave your drink unattended
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Travel with a friend and stay together
  • Plan ahead and stay in control
  • Know your limit