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Many college students see drinking alcohol as part of the “normal” college experience or as a ritual integral to their time here at MCC. Some students come to college with established drinking habits while others come with no experience at all. It is important to note that many students do not drink during college, typically more than you would think. A number of factors can exacerbate newly formed or longstanding drinking habits in this age group. Certain aspects of college life, such as unstructured time, the widespread availability of alcohol, inconsistent enforcement of underage drinking laws, and limited interactions with parents and other adults, can intensify the problem. In fact, college students have higher binge-drinking rates and a higher incidence of driving under the influence of alcohol than their non-college peers. Of note, the first 6 weeks of one’s freshman year are a vulnerable time for heavy drinking and alcohol-related consequences because of student expectations and social pressures at the start of the academic year. (adapted from NIH, 2015)
Prevalence of Alcohol Use:
Consequences of Alcohol Use
Knowing how much alcohol constitutes a “standard” drink can help you determine how much you are drinking and understand the risks. The following amounts constitute one standard drink:
Binge Drinking Defined:
What is “Heavy” Alcohol Use:
Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD):
Read these questions and answer "yes" or "no":
If you answered “yes” to one or a number of the questions above and are concerned that your alcohol use is interfering with your life and/or how you would like to feel, schedule an appointment with a counselor to establish solutions.
Having fun (while staying safe):
When The Party's (almost) Over:
MCC organizes many events on campus. Check out the CENTRA, Student Activities, Campus Athletics, Residence Hall programming, Student Senate or other campus clubs and organizations. The Miles City Chamber of Commerce also has a calendar of events in the community.