Santa Clara University



High-risk drinking, defined as 5 or more drinks in one sitting for males and 4 or more for females, is a major public health problem on college campuses. There are many misconceptions regarding the extent of the problem, which can contribute to the abuse of alcohol.

At Santa Clara University, more than 60% of undergraduates report drinking 4 or fewer drinks when they party and more than 25% of undergraduates abstain from alcohol use altogether. If you are drinking 5 or more drinks when you party, you may be at high risk for acquaintance rape, physical injuries, DUI charges, and depression, to name a few of the consequences.

Look at the following questions to help you determine if you need assistance in reducing abuse of alcohol.

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you may have a developing or existing problem with alcohol.

Impact of Alcohol Consumption/Alcohol Abuse on the Body

Alcohol is a depressant to the central nervous system.