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.
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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.
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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Keep Spring Break Fun & Safe
Originally posted in the Dean of Students February Personal Safety Education Newsletter. Click here to view original article.
You’ve decided what you want to do for Spring Break, and you are READY. Maybe you want to have fun, or maybe you just want to sleep. Maybe you plan to travel, or stay home, or party all week, or make a difference in the world. No matter what your plans – you definitely don’t want to wake up your first day back more stressed, exhausted or overwhelmed than when you left. To make sure you get what you want out of Spring Break, here are some important safety considerations to keep in mind, whether at home, on the beach, in the big city, or abroad.