Number of High-Risk Episodes in Past 2 Weeks

About High Risk Episodes

High-risk drinking is defined as consuming 4 or more drinks for females, and 5 or more drinks for males*. A high-risk drinking episode is defined by the amount of alcohol an individual consumes in one occasion due to the fact that on average these amounts will result in a BAC above .08, significantly increasing the likelihood of unwanted negative outcomes to occur.

Of Note:

  • Approximately half of both males and females report not drinking in a high-risk way in the past 2 weeks.
  • Male students who drink in a high-risk way are likely to do so more frequently than their female peers over a 2 week period
  • Females who report drinking in a high-risk way are most likely to do so 1-2 times over a two week period.
Data source: Core Spring 2016, n=802

*A note as to why we use biological sex – We recognize and appreciate that not all individuals identify within these binary constructs. The purpose of using these terms is because research is based on the physiological variables specific to one’s biological sex and not related to their gender identity. Unfortunately, the research available at this time also has not focused on Intersex and Trans individuals