This is for all partying college kids. You wouldn’t think of eating 16 cheeseburgers in a night, but you could actually consume MORE calories by going to just ONE party! According to Health Day News, many students don’t understand the toll drinking takes on their bodies. That’s why The University of Texas and The University of San Diego developed E-CHUG, an on-line tool that lets students evaluate their partying ways. Here’s how it works:

Once you log in, E chug asks you a series of questions about your drinking habits. Then it tells you how many calories you’re consuming and how much money you’re spending. The program also compares your drinking to other users. According to the developers, most college students think their drinking is ‘normal’ and many are surprised by their E-CHUG ranking. In one study, students who used E-CHUG reduced their drinking twice as quickly as students who received no feedback.

Binge drinking doesn't even begin to describe how much alcohol college men and women are actually consuming. College kids drink so much alcohol that there’s a new phrase to describe it: "Extreme drinking." Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks in one sitting for men, and 4 or more for women. But researchers at Duke University found that a lot of college students go way beyond that. A recent survey found that:

  • 1 out of 5 of freshmen men have 10 or more drinks in one sitting.
  • 1 out of 10 admitted to having 15 or more drinks in one sitting.
  • 2,000 college kids die each year in North America due to drinking.

Binge drinking is usually worse among younger students, and at the beginning of the school year. Heavy drinking is more common among college students than young people who don't go to college. It comes down to this: Drinking is dangerous, expensive, and a big part of the Freshman 15 – not to mention ILLEGAL at that age. So do yourself a favor and hit the books instead of the bottle.