Imagine you are attending a post-exam celebration, and you bring along five close friends for an unforgettable night. You start talking to an acquaintance who you met briefly in class a few days ago, and they hand you a drink while your friends step outside for a few minutes. Other people who you also don’t recognize gather around and are encouraging you to drink, even though you are not entirely comfortable in this situation. What would you do?
Some McMaster students in this situation may choose not to drink. According to the National College Health Assessment data at McMaster from 2013, almost 20% of students surveyed never used alcohol in the past month. If they did choose to drink in a given evening, on average, students surveyed had 3 or less drinks in the course of that evening. Surprising? It is true that not everyone drinks, and when they do, they do not necessarily overindulge.
FACT: A standard drink is: 1-355ml (12 oz) bottle/can or beer (5% alcohol) = 1-146ml (5oz) glass of wine (10-12% alcohol) = 1-44ml (1.5oz) shot of hard liquor/spirit (40% alcohol)
DID YOU KNOW: The popular “red cups” you see everywhere are actually marked for standard drink sizes? The bottom line is for liquor and spirits, the second line from the bottom is for wine and the line second from the top is for beer!