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Binge Drinking: A Rite of Passage That's All Wrong

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To help educate teens, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism distributes the following information to college campuses nationwide:

  • Alcohol lowers inhibitions, but also reduces sexual performance.
  • Drinking impairs judgement, increasing the likelihood of unprotected sex.
  • It takes three hours to eliminate two alcoholic drinks, even with coffee or a cold shower.
  • Twelve ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1 ounce of liquor have the same amount of alcohol.
  • Women process alcohol differently, so they shouldn't try to keep pace with men.
  • One-half of all fatal car crashes among 18- to 24-year-olds involve alcohol.
  • One-third of all seriously injured 18- to 24-year-olds are intoxicated.
  • Postponing drinking lowers your lifetime chance of alcohol-related problems.

 

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