Students

A comprehensive overview of alcohol education including:  information about policies, programs, and resources for support.

Get Involved

WRECKless is all about pushing the limits on fun and what you thought was possible. Wreckless sponsors dry events and activities in order to provide Georgia Tech students with a safe environment to have fun without the pressure or presence of alcohol.

Party Smarter

Georgia Tech students offer some suggestions to hosting a safer party. Some additional tips to consider if you plan to attend parties:

  • You do not have to drink alcohol

  • Know your limits and set them ahead of time if you choose to drink alcohol

  • Keep track of your alcoholic drinks and don't exceed one per hour

  • Avoid mysterious drinks with unknown content (aka Jungle Juice)

  • Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

  • Eat before and during drinking

  • Choose a drink with lower alcohol content

  • Use the buddy system to make sure everyone has fun and gets home safely

Standard Drink

In the United States of America, a "standard" drink is any drink that contains about 0.6 fluid ounces or 14 grams of "pure" alcohol. Although the drinks above are different sizes, each contains approximately the same amount of alcohol and counts as a single standard drink. (NIAAA)

The definition and concept of a “standard” drink is important in order to consume alcohol in a lower-risk manner. A “standard” drink is NOT simply whatever container is used to hold the alcoholic beverage. 

Risks

Each year 1,400 college students die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes(Hingson, Heeren, Zakocs, Kopstein, & Wechsler, 2002). The consequences of high-risk college drinking are also linked to sexual assault, property damage, drunk driving, vandalism, academic problems, injury, and alcohol abuse and dependence (Hingson, et al., 2002Wechsler, Lee, Kuo, et al., 2002).

Risks

The minimum legal drinking age in the United States of America is 21. There is always possible risk involved when consuming alcohol. A person can lower their risk by following low-risk drinking guidelines.

Strategies to Cut Down Drinking

Small changes can make a big difference in reducing your chances of having alcohol-related problems. Whatever strategies you choose, give them a fair trial. If one approach doesn't work, try something else. But if you haven't made progress in cutting down after 2 to 3 months, consider quitting drinking altogether, seeking professional help, or both.

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Keep track. Keep track of how much you drink. Find a way that works for you, carry drinking tracker cards in your wallet, make check marks on a kitchen calendar, or enter notes in a mobile phone notepad or personal digital assistant. Making note of each drink before you drink it may help you slow down when needed.

Count and measure. Know the standard drink sizes so you can count your drinks accurately. Measure drinks at home. Away from home, it can be hard to keep track, especially with mixed drinks, and at times, you may be getting more alcohol than you think. With wine, you may need to ask the host or server not to "top off" a partially filled glass.

Set goals. Decide how many days a week you want to drink and how many drinks you'll have on those days. It's a good idea to have some days when you don't drink. Drinkers with the lowest rates of alcohol use disorders stay within the low-risk limits.

Pace and space. When you do drink, pace yourself. Sip slowly. Have no more than one standard drink with alcohol per hour. Have "drink spacers"—make every other drink a non-alcoholic one, such as water, soda, or juice.

First Year Students

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) is committed to providing a healthy environment on all campuses throughout the system. The Georgia Institute of Technology, along with the other USG institutions, is requiring all incoming students to participate in two online educational courses as part of a comprehensive health program designed to promote the safety, health, and wellbeing of our community.

  1. Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault addresses the critical issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.  
  2. AlcoholEdu empowers all students to make well-informed decisions about alcohol and assists in coping with the drinking behavior of their peers. Students will benefit from this training regardless of whether or not they choose to consume alcohol.

It is a mandatory requirement that ALL incoming students at Georgia Tech (first-year and transfer students) complete all of the online training requirements in a timely manner.

Signs of Poisoning

If something's wrong, make the right call.  The Good Samaritan Provision lets you do the right thing when things go wrong.

  • Hypothermia (low body temperature), discolored skin color, paleness

  • Mental confusion, stupor, coma, or person cannot be roused

  • Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths)

  • Slow breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute)

  • Vomiting

  • Seizure