Wesleyan University’s Definition of

High-Risk Drinking

 Nation-wide studies have defined high-risk drinking, or “binge-drinking,” as four drinks for women and five drinks for men in a sitting at least once in a two-week period. However, the actual level at which this occurs can vary between individuals. The behavioral definition of high-risk drinking refers to drinking in a way that compromises the health, well-being, or safety of the individual or others, defies law and University policies, or disrespects the Wesleyan University community. The participation in a behavior listed in any of the categories below qualifies as engagement in high-risk drinking.

 1. Compromising One’s Own Health and Well-being

  • Being dangerously intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol or drugs leading to:
    • A diminished ability to walk or stand
    • Vomiting
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Verbal or cognitive incoherence
    • Aggressive or violent behavior
  • Intentionally mixing alcohol or drugs together when such use is contraindicated, including excessive amounts of caffeine
  • Consuming an excessive quantity in a short amount of time
    • Chugging
    • Shots
    • Utilization of a high-volume drinking apparatus
    • Pregaming or prepartying
  • Not knowing what is in your glass or leaving it unattended
  • Drinking as an excuse for sexual activities

2. Defying Law and University Policies

  • Operating a vehicle after drinking or riding with an intoxicated driver
  • Causing or coercing another person to ingest alcohol or any drug without that person’s consent
  • Attempting to purchase or purchasing, possessing, or otherwise having control of alcoholic beverages under the age of 21
  • Non-compliance with the requirements of the Student Events Policy by a student organization

3. Disrespecting the Wesleyan University Community

  • Possessing an open container of alcoholic beverage in public/common areas or on the grounds of the University, except at registered events
  • Engaging in hazardous or disruptive conduct, which may include:
    • Engaging in games or other potentially dangerous behaviors or encouraging others to do so
    • Damaging or destroying University property or another person’s property
    • Engaging in physically or verbally abusive behavior