Sometimes, mothers do know best

By Matt Huang, PULSE

The organization, ‘Mothers Against Drunk Driving’ (MADD) was created to prevent, and spread awareness about the consequences of drunk driving, and prevent underage drinking. MADD is the nation’s largest non-profit combating this issue.

Image adapted under Creative Commons courtesy of Annika Lidne/

Image adapted under Creative Commons courtesy of Annika Lidne/

Did you know?

The following statistics from MADD’s website reveal just how big of an issue this is for young people, especially college students and recent graduates.

1) In 2010, the rate of drunk driving was highest among persons aged 21 to 25 (23.4 percent). And about 15.1 percent of 18 to 20 year olds reported driving under the influence of alcohol in the past year.

2) In fatal crashes in 2010, the highest percentage of drunk drivers was for drivers ages 21 to 24 (34 percent).

3) The average person metabolizes alcohol at the rate of about one drink per hour. Only time will sober a person up. Drinking strong coffee, exercising or taking a cold shower will not help.

4) The speed of alcohol absorption affects the rate at which one becomes drunk. Unlike foods, alcohol does not have to be slowly digested. As a person drinks faster than the alcohol can be eliminated, the drug accumulates in the body, resulting in higher and higher levels of alcohol in the blood.

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Want to Improve Your Sleep? Be Mindful of What You Drink and Eat!

By Olga Lykhytska, Kristin Harden and Michelle Wehbe, SHAC Sleep Committee

When sleep troubles arise, the root of the problem is often tough to pinpoint. Sometimes it’s not just a matter of when you go to bed and when you set your alarm. Lots of different factors can come into play, and a big one to consider is consumption. What we eat, drink, and even what we’re prescribed, can have a profound impact on how we sleep, and the results are sometimes surprising.

Image courtesy of Ambro/

Image courtesy of Ambro/

Alcohol & Sleep

It’s been scientifically demonstrated that alcohol changes sleep physiology, but the effects aren’t exactly straightforward. As a depressant, alcohol may make it easier for most people to fall asleep. Unfortunately, tolerance to alcohol’s sleep-inducing effects can develop quickly, often within just three days.  And even when alcohol helps you fall asleep, it doesn’t necessarily help you stay asleep. Later sleep phases can be seriously disrupted, with an increase in the amount of light sleep in place of deeper sleep phases and wake periods during the second half of sleep.  So if you’re having trouble sleeping, it’s best to avoid alcoholic beverages.

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Choose to be Safe and Legal!

Originally posted in the Dean of Students Division of Student Affairs Website. Click here to view original article.

While you might be wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day, you can still choose to stay true and stay blue. Here are some tips for having a fun weekend, while choosing to be safe and legal. “Staying in the Blue” means keeping your blood alcohol content (BAC) at .06 or below. A reminder that there are a lot of students who choose not to drink, and they are always in the blue.

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Image courtesy of University Health Services

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Drinking and Exercise: A Bumpy Ride for Your Immune System

by Ann Lokuta, School of Public Health

The following post was originally written for Mind the Science Gap (MTSG), a blog written by UM School of Public Health students who are taking a “Communicating Science through Social Media” course. Don’t forget to check them out when you are done reading this post!

99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer – take one down, pass it around, and BOOM – the next day you’re coughing, sneezing, and coming down with an ugly case of something that’s not just a hangover.  What exactly happened inside your body between 6 P.M. the night before, and 6 P.M. the day after?  It turns out that those 99 beers weren’t only affecting your inhibitions – they were taking shots at your immune system, as well. Continue reading