Prevention and Advocacy Education
The Center for Peer Education creates interactive programming on campus surrounding the topics of mental health, sexual health, substance use, and overall wellness.
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Whether or not you’re new to UNC, college is an exciting time to explore and grow. One important decision you’ll make in college is whether or not to drink. You will have friends who may choose to explore alcohol and others that may not. No matter the choice you make, it is important to understand the responsibility that comes along with drinking. So, let’s be aware!
Too often, students underestimate how much they’ve had to drink because they aren’t using standard measurements, and alcohol comes in so many different shapes and sizes. So, what does one standard drink actually mean?
Did you know that 96% of UNC students think their peers are drinking, when in reality only 63% of UNC students drank in the last 30 days. Additionally, one in four UNC students have never even drank!
What is a “standard drink” in the US?
Source: National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Beer: one standard drink equals twelve ounces. This is for a normal beer with 5% alcohol. Certain beers, especially here in Colorado have higher alcohol content, so make sure you read the label to know how much alcohol is in your drink.
Malt Liquor: one standard drink equals eigh ounces. This is for malt liquors with 7% alcohol.
Wine: one standard drink equals five ounces. This is for wines with 12% alcohol.
Liquor: one standard drink equals 1.5 ounces. This is for any liquor that’s 40% alcohol, or 80 proof. Don’t be fooled! Tequila, whiskey, rum, vodka…etc, all have the same alcohol content. Also, keep in mind that mixed drinks may not be measured and can contain far more than what we think is in them!
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
Understanding your BAC is important, and helps you identify when you or a friend has had too much to drink.
The concentration of alcohol in the blood. If your BAC is .10, this means that there is one part alcohol for every 1,000 parts blood. BAC can be influenced by:
- Amount of alcohol consumed
- Duration/speed of consumption
- Body weight
- Sex assigned at birth
- Food and medications
It’s important to educate yourself and ensure you have the tools to be prepared for an emergency. At UNC, we use the Safe Haven Law. Under the Safe Haven Law, if you are underage and drinking and suspect someone is at risk of alcohol and/or drug poisoning, call 911 or the UNC Police Department! If you make the call, you and the person you are calling on will not receive a citation from the police. Below are some tips for using the Safe Haven Law:
- You and the person you are calling on must be under 21 years old.
- When you make the call, tell the operator that you are making a Safe Haven call. You will need to provide your name and the person you’re calling on.
- Be sure to tell the truth and stay with the person that you called on.
Party with a Plan
So, how do we put this knowledge into practice and drink responsibly? If you do decide to go out, it’s important to party with a plan, set a drink limit before going out, and know how you will get home safely. Below are other tips from UNC Bears:
- Drink slowly and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks (like water!)
- Make your own drinks and measure the alcohol in them so you know exactly how much you’ve had to drink
- Keep an eye on your drink and stay with friends all night
- Eat a meal before going out
Marijuana, Tobacco, Other Substances
Our Bears are Aware! And responsible marijuana use is important at UNC.
Birth control is used to prevent pregnancy. There are lots of different options out there – make sure to talk with your doctor about which is right for you!
- Birth Control Implant
99% effective and lasts up to 5 years.
99% effective and lasts 3-12 years.
- Birth Control Pill
91% effective (with typical use). Take daily.
- External (Male) Condom
85% effective (with typical use). Use every time.
100% effective. Used every time.
Sexually transmitted infections spread from one person to another during sexual activity. STI’s are more common than you think, and lots of people who have them don’t have any symptoms - which is why it’s so important to get tested! Getting tested is simple and easy.
Local resources that offer STI testing
- Greeley Planned Parenthood: 970-352-4762
- UNC Student Health Center: 970-351-2412
- Weld County STI Clinic: 970-304-6420
Asking for a Friend...
Have a question about sex, birth control, STI’s or sexual health? Submit an anonymous question to a UNC Sexpert who will answer with evidence-based, medically accurate and non-judgmental information. Or, head on over to CPE’s blog Asking for a Friend… to read previous questions asked by UNC students.
Order a Bedside Box
The Bedside box offers sexual health resources to UNC students free of charge and discretely delivered right to your door. Just select the resource you’d like included in your Bedside box, followed by your name and mailing address. All submissions will remain private, and personal information (name, hall #, email) will not be used for any other purpose aside from providing these awesome resources to you!
Students can request one free package of safer sex supplies per semester. If you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us Instagram @UNCO_CPE. Orders will be delivered or available for pickup in approximately 5 business days after ordering.