Student riding oversized tricycle on the lawn of Allen Fieldhouse while wearing vision impairment goggles and navigating orange traffic cones to simulate drunk driving

General Alcohol Facts

The legal drinking age throughout the United States is 21.

The liver can only effectively process one (1) standard drink per hour.

Alcohol is a drug. Drugs are defined as "any substance which, when absorbed into a living organism, may modify one or more of its functions." Alcohol is the most commonly used and widely abused drug in the world.

Alcohol is a depressant. Consumption of it slows the function of the central nervous system.

Alcohol affects your brain. Loss of coordination, poor judgment, slowed reflexes, distorted vision, memory lapses, and even blackouts.

Alcohol affects your body. As it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream, every organ is affected which may increase the risk of life-threatening diseases, including cancer.

Alcohol can kill you. Drinking large amounts of it rapidly will cause alcohol poisoning, which could lead to coma and death.