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U-WIRE: Students who play drinking games could win trip to ER

Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday October 8, 2002

HONOLULU ¸ Alcohol abuse is a problem on most college campuses, say local and national drug counselors.

And a number of University of Hawaii at Manoa students who have declined to be named have said alcohol poisoning is a relatively common problem in the dorms.

In the United States, around 4,000 people die every year from alcohol poisoning, which usually occurs when someone drinks too much alcohol too fast.

According to the article "Alcohol poisoning: A Medical Emergency," certain individuals who are sensitive to alcohol can get alcohol poisoning after only drinking small amounts of liquor.

The amount of alcohol required to produce unconsciousness in individuals varies by body weight.

A woman of around 120 pounds who drinks seven drinks in one hour would be at risk of losing consciousness.

A man who weighs 200 pounds and drinks 13 drinks in one hour would also be at risk of losing consciousness.

Phoenix House put forth information regarding exactly what "one drink" is. They define one drink as one 12-ounce beer (at 4 percent alcohol), one 1.5-ounce shot of hard liquor (at 40 percent alcohol or 80 proof), or one five-ounce glass of wine (at 11 percent alcohol).

The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu sees many alcohol related incidents at their emergency room.

Marsha Durbin, RN, is the clinical operations manager at the Queen's emergency room. She said that they see approximately 97 patients per month at the ER with alcohol poisoning and/or other alcohol related injuries.

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