Aliso Viejo life coach Randy Haveson has a new book in time for fall classes: “Party with a Plan,” a college guide to drinking sensibly. Hear his talk show on VoiceAmerica internet radio network.
Why did you write the book?
Until now, we’ve had two main messages with regard to alcohol. One is be responsible. But if you ask five people to define responsible, you get five different answers. The other is just say no, which doesn’t work for most.
Can you describe the “0-1-2-3 code”?
Sometimes 0 is your best option—if you are driving or taking a test the next day. The 1 is no more than one drink per hour if you are going to drink. A drink is a 12-ounce beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, or a 1-ounce shot in a mixed drink. The 2 is to drink no more than two times per week. And 3 is to have no more than three drinks in any 24-hour period.
The most interesting statistic you discovered?
Nearly one of four college students, 24.6 percent, do not drink at all. Another 30 percent drink once a month or less. So more than half of college students are using alcohol in a safe way. But what happens is the media gets hold of the one fraternity party that causes all these problems, and that becomes the story and almost normalizes that behavior for college kids.