Alcohol Resources & Assessment

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Drinking Habits

(Adapted from “How to Help a Friend With a Drinking Problem” by The American College Health Association)¬†

In general, a person who is considered a moderate drinker does not drink every day and does not drink more than one drink per hour. A high-risk drinker is a person who drinks five or more alcoholic beverages (four or more if female) in one sitting. 

Below is a general listing of drinking habits of social and problem drinkers, and alcoholics. It is not necessary for a person to have every habit to fit into a category, and some students may have some habits that are not listed. However, this list can give you an idea of whether or not a student has a problem and how severe it is.

A social drinker typically:

A problem drinker typically:

An alcoholic: