Alcohol and Other Drugs

Alcohol and illicit drug misuse is a national problem for college students today. The UNLV Wellness Zone can help provide you or your student group with the tools to reduce risk and make safe choices about alcohol use while in college.

Alcohol Fast Facts

Did you know that despite what stereotypes exist, not everyone chooses to drink while in college? Some reasons for abstaining from alcohol include:

  • Dietary restrictions
  • Religious or spiritual reasons
  • Student athlete responsibilities
  • Medical reasons
  • Personal preference

Whether or not you choose to consume alcohol, it’s important to respect your friends and peers who don’t!

In fact, data from the 2017 NCHA survey found that UNLV student perceptions of alcohol use were vastly different from actual alcohol use:

Additionally, data from the same survey found that most students believed that only a small percentage of the campus population chooses to abstain from alcohol, when in fact approximately a quarter of both male UNLV students and female UNLV students have never used alcohol!

Standard Drink Sizes

Do you know how much alcohol is in your drink? Use the infographic to help understand alcohol by volume (alc/vol).

Infographic of alcoholic drink sizes

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

Remember that the only safe BAC for operating a vehicle is .00. Always use a designated driver or ride share service to get yourself home safely! There are many factors that can influence a person’s BAC, but in general you can use the table to help estimate your BAC.

Blood Alcohol Content levels by weight of person and number of drinks.

Binge Drinking

The national Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge-drinking as:

  • 5 or more drinks for a male, and 4 or more drinks for a female in about 2 hours

Binge-Drinking is common in college and in general in young adult populations, but it’s also extremely dangerous to your health and can have negative impacts on your academic performance!

Binge-drinking has been very normalized in young adult party culture but is still extremely dangerous and can lead to alcohol poisoning, life-threatening signs of alcohol poisoning include:

  • Inability to wake up
  • Vomiting
  • Slow/shallow breathing
  • Seizures
  • Blue tinged skin, and lips; cold to touch
Life-threatening signs of alcohol poisoning graphic

Help and Resources

Students interested in learning more about their alcohol use, or students seeking recovery services from drugs or alcohol, may contact CAPS at 702-895-3627 or email Please note that the CAPS email and phone are staffed during CAPS business hours.