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Many students arriving on campus come with established drinking habits. Frequency of consumption may increase in the college environment and become a problem. Students may drink for a variety of reasons but excessive consumption can lead to an array of health risks and even death.

Approximately 80,000 deaths are attributed to excessive alcohol use each year in the United States and it is the third leading lifestyle related cause of death for the nation. Excessive alcohol consumption or binge drinking can contribute to sexual abuse, drunk driving, and poor grades. Long term abuse can lead to chronic diseases, neurological impairments, and social problems. Women who consume four or more drinks in a single occasion and men who consume five or more drinks are considered binge drinkers and are at risk.

While binge drinking could be fun at the time, you will end up paying later. The most obvious that people are aware of is getting a hangover. One thing often overlooked is the amount of calories in each drink consumed. Often times binge drinking leads to weight gain because at 7 calories per gram, those calories add up quickly with just a few drinks.

So what is a standard measure of alcohol? Well according to the CDC, a standard measure of alcohol contains .6 ounces (1.2 TBSP) of pure alcohol and includes:

  • 12-oz of regular beer or wine cooler
  • 8-oz of malt liquor
  • 5-oz of wine
  • 1.5-oz of 80 proof distilled spirits of liquor (gin, rum, vodka, whiskey)
Most Popular Alcoholic Drinks in College
Alcoholic Drink Calories in One Serving
Beer 100-150
Jaeger Bomb 158
Jell-O Shots 30
Vodka Red Bull 206
Straight Tequila 96
Rum & Coke 268
Vodka Cranberry 170
Long Island Iced Tea 780

If you are of age and decide to indulge in a few drinks utilize these tips:

  • Stay well hydrated
  • Remember that you are drinking liquid calories that will not make you feel full
  • Do not drink and drive
  • Keep moderation in mind

Stay safe Salukis!

Your University Housing Nutrition Team,
University Residence Hall Dining

Michele Stoeppelman
Dietetics Graduate Assistant

Stephanie Nehrt
Undergraduate Nutrition Intern