Expert weighs in on party safety as spring semester takes off

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Whitley Grant, alcohol and other drugs prevention coordinator for Prevention Services, offers insight on how students can remain safe in crowded party settings when substances are involved. “The main way to keep yourself safe in an environment like that is to manage your own substance usage,” Grant said. “I highly encourage students to be aware of their tolerance. There’s something called the biphasic effect that happens around 0.05 [BAC], depending upon if you are male or female, but typically takes place around [one to three] drinks in.” The biphasic effect describes the feelings of happiness and sociability consumers experience when drinking alcohol. Grant said once drinkers surpass this biphasic effect, their drinking often gets out of control and the negative effects of alcohol can take effect. 

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