Drawing the Line between Use and Abuse
Do you know when social drinking becomes binge drinking?
According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA 2007), binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more alcoholic drinks on a single occasion for women and five or more alcoholic drinks in one setting for men. Alcohol is metabolized by a normal liver at the rate of about one ounce – one shot of hard liquor, a 12-oz. beer, or a 5-oz. glass of wine – every 90 minutes. Binge drinking puts people at risk for reckless decisions, DUI, sexual assault, and alcohol poisoning.
In an effort to raise awareness about harmful effects of drinking, MUSC Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is participating in National Alcohol Screening Day® (NASD) on April 8, 2010. NASD educates students and staff about unhealthy drinking habits, raises awareness, and offers free confidential alcohol screenings for students.
MUSC students can call 792-4930 to schedule a confidential in-person screening appointment. We can also help you find the best way to approach a friend who is drinking too much.
MUSC students can also complete a confidential, anonymous on-line screening at http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/screening/default.aspx . Enter “MUSC” as a key word, click on “Login” and you will be taken to the assessment page.