General Wellness

Drinking 101
Drinking safely may not be what everybody else is doing, but it's a good way to keep yourself safe. Have fun and enjoy the party while being smart about your alcohol intake. Alcohol can seriously impair your judgment and a bad idea when you're sober becomes the best idea in the world when too much alcohol is involved.


Safe drinking tips

  • One drink per hour is the way to go. Limiting your hourly alcohol intake will help you to stay in control.
  • Always have a designated driver. Drunk driving carries serious penalties and is always dangerous.
  • Look out for your friends. If you all go out together, look out for one another and leave the party together.
  • Eat something before you start drinking. Drinking on an empty stomach allows the alcohol to get to your head very quickly.
  • Do not participate in drinking games. Being called a 'lightweight' isn't the worst thing that could happen.
  • If you are serving alcohol at your party, make sure everyone is over 21. They won't be the only one in trouble if the party gets busted by the police.
  • Try to keep snacks flowing as freely as the fun at your party. This will help people to remain in control
  • Drink plenty of water in between drinks. This will also help you beat that horrible hangover the morning after.
  • As the host or hostess of a party, let your friends know that if they choose not to drink, that's still cool.
  • Know your limit and stick with it. Alcohol poisoning is not a fun party trick.
  • Do not pressure others to go over their limit. Using peer pressure to get someone to drink more is irresponsible.

    Women and alcohol
    In some areas, drinking too much can have more effects on women than on men. Women absorb and metabolize alcohol differently to men. This means that drinking as much as your male peers can leave you with a higher blood alcohol concentration. Therefore, a woman will experience the effects of alcohol more quickly than men. Women also tend to experience worse hangovers than men and have increased risk of liver damage, breast cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure. Unfortunately, women can also become vulnerable to physical and sexual attacks when drinking heavily. Alcohol always impairs judgment and can lead to unprotected sex for example.


    Men and alcohol
    Being able to drink like a fish and 'hold your beer' are very manly things to do. But so is being responsible and not giving in to peer pressure, no matter what. Men are placed under tremendous pressure to drink more and drink often. But being able to out drink everyone else at the party can lead to serious health consequences. These include impotence, heart disease, stomach ulcers and liver disease to name a few. The decision to take a stand regarding your alcohol consumption can only come from you however. When you decide to do so, remind yourself that you won't be the guy who drinks too much, possibly gets obnoxious, has to be taken care of and ends up puking his guts up at the party.


    The picture shows what counts as a standard drink.
    Remember that alcohol content will vary among different types of beer, rum or wine for example.


    Drinks mixed with several types of alcohol count as one standard drink per shot of alcohol. This means if a drink contains 3 shots of alcohol in it, that one drink is really 3 standard drinks.


    5 or more drinks in a row for males and 4 or more in a row for females is considered binge drinking.


    lick on this link to visit eCHUG. The Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO, where a brief assessment test can give you important information such as, your individual alcohol tolerance level, risk reduction strategies and UTM resources. The program is for the exclusive use of the UTM community.


    You are running the risk of your baby having fetal alcohol syndrome. The symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome include facial deformities, slow and retarded development and brain damage in children. As little as one drink can expose your child to birth defects and developmental delays.


    Under 21
    Whether on or off campus, underage drinking is against the law. The following is taken directly from the Department of Public Safety's website:


    'It is unlawful for any person under the age of 21 years old to purchase, possess, transport, or consume alcoholic beverages, wine or beer unless otherwise authorized by the statute (T.C.A. 1-3-117). A sanction will be imposed by the court upon conviction: the court shall take any driver's license issued to the defendant by the State of Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Safety shall deny or suspend the driving privileges for one year, the first offense, two years, second or subsequent offenses. A fine and court costs will also be due.'


    Offenders will also face penalties as mandated by The Office of Student Conduct. Their policy clearly states that any student under 21 who violates ordinances regarding alcohol consumption, presence, possession and/or use will have their parents notified. Students who violate alcohol ordinances also face:

    • Disciplinary probation (which may include a loss of privileges and scholarships) and mandatory completion of eCHUG
    • Suspension from the University and additional sanctions as recommended at the discretion of the Office of Student Conduct

    According to the Department of Public Safety's website, the following penalties are in place for driving under the influence:


    'It is unlawful for any person or persons to drive or to be in physical control of any automobile or other motor-driven vehicle on any of the public roads and highways of the State of Tennessee, or on any streets or alleys, or while on the premises of any shopping center, trailer park or any apartment house complex which is generally frequented by the public at large of any city or town in this state while under the influence of an intoxicant, or while under the influence of narcotic drugs, or while under the influence of drugs producing stimulating affects on the central nervous system. Any person or person in violation of Driving Under the Influence (TCA 55-10-401) shall upon the conviction thereof for the first offense be fined not less than three hundred fifty dollars ($350) nor more than one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) and such person or person's shall be confined in the county jail or workhouse for not less than forty-eight (48) hours nor more than eleven (11) months and twenty-nine (29) days, provided, however, if such conviction is for forty-eight (48) hours it shall be served at a time when the person is off from work and will not interfere with his or her regular employment, and the court shall prohibit such convicted person from driving a vehicle in the State of Tennessee for a period of a time of one (1) year. The presumptive level of intoxication in the State of Tennessee is .08 as of July 1, 2003.'


    The student also faces disciplinary action as mandated by The Office of Student Conduct.


    Sexual Health


    Free Resources for students available at The Student Health & Counseling Center.
    The Student Health & Counseling Center provides all enrolled students with free:

    • Condoms
    • Birth control methods
    • STD and pregnancy tests
    • Pap smears

    Students are asked to call 731-881-7750 to set up an appointment to access services at the Center. Facts on STDs and STIs are available on the CDC website.

    Warning Signs

    Life on a college campus means you may encounter someone you suspect is being abused in some way. If you ever become concerned for a student, friend, or family member, PSEPP can help you help them.

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    Prevention Techniques

    Sexual Assault like many other crimes is a crime of opportunity and motive. There are no hard and fast rules to guarantee your safety. However, there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of being assaulted.

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