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Kelsey M Jackson
Oct 22, 2015

Rethink Your Drink - Alcohol Awareness Wednesday Blog Post - NCAAW 2015

Oct 22, 2015 by Kelsey M Jackson

During National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, October 19-24th, Student Involvement will be sharing daily alcohol awareness blog posts with alcohol facts, statistics, resources, and alcohol education tips. If you have any questions or would like more information for your student organization contact us at

So far this week, we have looked at the costs and consequences of alcohol consumption and college drinking. But, when you fill up a cup with alcohol, do you really know what you are consuming? Today we will learn more about what is actually in your cup. 

Know What’s in Your Cup

Wine - a product that has been fermented from juices of grapes or other fruits

Distilled Spirits - any alcohol made from distillation ( i.e. whiskey, rum, tequila, & vodka)

Beer -  a malt beverage with .5% ABV-4% ABW

Ale or Malt Liquor - a malt beverage with more than 4% ABW

Liquor - any alcoholic beverage with more than 4% ABW


Alcohol by Volume

Alcohol by volume is simply the amount of ethanol in a drink compared to the entire volume of the drink and it varies widely by beverage.

The alcohol in one 23.5 oz malt beverage (12% ABV) equals the alcohol in 4.7 beers.

Proof of Alcohol

Proof of alcohol is another way of measuring the amount of alcohol, usually to describe hard liquors. An easy way of measuring how much alcohol is in a proof is to divide the proof number by 2


Things to Be Cautious of…

Trashcan or Spiked Punch

  • The level of alcohol is not regulated
  • You may not know what type of alcohol was used
  • Never know how much alcohol is in each cup
  • Foreign objects and substances could end up in the punch (i.e. drugs or bugs)  

Also be cautious of...

  • Mixed drinks when you can’t taste the alcohol, you may be drinking too much and not know it
  • Drinks people give you
  • leaving your drink unattended

What is a Standard Drink?

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) & Binge Drinking

What is your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) Level?

Your Blood Alcohol Content is the percentage of alcohol that is present in your blood. It is different for each person based on their mass and metabolism. To use the BAC Charts, find the intersection between the person’s weight and the number of standard drinks they have had. This number indicates the BAC level if the person had a certain number of drinks all at one time.

*Note: the figures are averages and may vary based on the amount of food in your stomach, body weight, body type, sex, medications, illness, and fatigue.

What is Binge Drinking?

Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking alcohol that brings BAC to .08 or above. It is drinking 5 or more standard drinks for a man and 4 or more drinks for a woman in 2 hours  

More information on college drinking - College Drinking Fact Sheet

Campus Resources & Where to Get Help

Student Involvement or Fraternity & Sorority Life

Texas Tech Risk Intervention & Safety Education Office

TTU Police


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