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Center for Alcohol Studies at UW-Eau Claire Defines Responsible Drinking

RELEASED: April 22, 2009

CASE logoEAU CLAIRE — The Center for Alcohol Studies and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire announced this semester its definition of responsible drinking. The CASE definition is based on the book "The ABC's of College Drinking" by Jim Matthews.

CASE was prompted to provide a formal definition after seeing a variation in responses among students to the question, "What is responsible drinking?"

CASE uses the 0-1-2-3 guidelines to define responsible drinking: Zero drinks if driving or under the age of 21; one standard drink per hour maximum; two drinking occasions per week maximum; and three drinks per occasion maximum, if 21 or older. A standard drink is 12 ounces of beer, four ounces of wine or a 1.5 ounce shot of 80-proof alcohol.

As part of its "Be the Majority-Drink Responsibly" campaign, CASE will use many tactics to help the UW-Eau Claire campus understand its definition of responsible drinking. CASE's goal of defining responsible drinking is for students to remember "0-1-2-3."

CASE supports and implements strategies and programs to reduce high-risk drinking and its negative consequences among UW-Eau Claire students.

For more information about the programs and strategies employed by CASE, visit their Web site or call 715 836-5110.

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