Staying in the Blue can help you get what you want while avoiding the stuff you don't want, by keeping your blood alcohol content (BAC) at .06 or below. Use your iPhone or Android smartphone to download our BAC calculator from iTunes or Googleplay.
Don't have a smart phone?
Then check out the BAC Calculator (downloads an Excel File) to help you plan your party.
It really works!
Many Michigan students have figured out that moderating alcohol intake means more fun, less drama, and they're happy to share their success. See How U-M Students Stay in the Blue.
How many standard drinks in that? Take the Alcohol Serving Size Challenge.
What's a drink? Drinks contain differing amounts of alcohol, so before you can estimate your BAC, you need to know what a “standard” drink is. One "standard" drink is equal to .6 oz of ethanol, so:
12 oz beer or wine cooler
1 oz liquor (100 proof) or 1.5 oz liquor (80 proof)
8-9 oz malt liquor
5 oz table wine
3-4 oz fortified wine (sherry, port)
2 oz liqueur, cordial, aperitif
1.5 oz brandy
Did you know that red party cups contain 16-18 oz and 1.33-1.5 beers? Mystery mixes in Igloo coolers or Gatorade jugs often contain 3-6 drinks per red cup, but who knows for sure? Long Island Iced Tea at local bars typically contain 4-5 standard drinks.
Individual effects: Alcohol also affects individuals differently, and BAC may be affected by your:
Amount of food consumed
Any additional drugs or medication
Don't forget your EANAB! (Equally Attractive Non-Alcoholic Beverage) The more you make them available, the safer your party can be!
For more information, review:
BASICS A two-session alcohol screening and discussion offered free to all University of Michigan students who want to explore their use.
Problem Drinking What’s too much? Any one of these consequences is reason enough to evaluate your relationship with alcohol.
Questions? Contact Marsha Benz, UHS Health Educator, 734-647-4656