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Video:Quick Tip: How to Avoid College Binge Drinking

with Brian Smith

Binge drinking is a common problem among college campuses, in this About.com video, learn how to stay safe and fun during your stay at college.See Transcript

Transcript:Quick Tip: How to Avoid College Binge Drinking

Hi, my name's Brian Smith from About.com, and today we're going over how to avoid college binge drinking.

When going to college you're going to be faced with the dilemma of binge drinking. The national institute of alcohol abuse and alcoholism defines binge drinking as someone who raises their blood alcohol level over .08 in under two hours. It usually takes 4-5 drinks to achieve a blood alcohol content, or BAC of .08.

Tips to Avoid Binge Drinking

The easiest way to avoid binge drinking is to abstain from alcohol while in school by finding alternate activities to do such as working out or joining a sports team. Most schools have a large array of sports teams so there's guaranteed to be something to peak your interest. If you're going to drink alcohol pace yourself, it's not a race. The easiest way to do this is to drink a glass of water between each drink. Try to avoid events that promote drinking a high volume of alcohol in a short duration such as: tailgating, pre-gaming or drinking games. Binge drinking is a dangerous practice that can lead to bad decisions and even worse health problems.

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