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Academics and Alcohol

Some students may think that partying on the weekend has no negative effects on their academics as long as they leave time on Sundays to study. However, alcohol takes a long time to "clear" the system, and the effects of alcohol on the mind and body can last into the next day. This would make concentrating on a tough project or studying for an exam much more difficult.

For example, if a 120-pound woman has 4 drinks, it will take almost 10 hours for her blood alcohol level to return to zero (meaning no alcohol remains in the blood stream). If a 180-pound man has 6 drinks, it will take 8 hours for his blood alcohol level to return to zero. Although blood alcohol levels can rise quickly, it takes longer for blood alcohol levels to come down.