Choosing to drink alcohol is a personal choice. We want our students to be informed when making that choice. Whether you choose to drink or not, we want you to have the information you need to thrive academically and socially at UNT.



A standard drink is 0.6 fluid ounces of alcohol. This equates toStandard Drink Size

  • 12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol by volume)
  • 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol by volume)
  • 1.5 ounces or a shot of 80-proof hard liquor (40% alcohol by volume)



The Dietary Guidelines for America define moderate drinking as 2 drinks a day or less for men or 1 drink a day or less for women.



Blood alcohol concentration or content (BAC) is impacted by sex at birth, weight, and the number of standard drinks consumed. At lower BACs  people feel a buzz. As we increase our number of drinks, and our BAC level, we begin to feel more of the depressant effects of alcohol. As that number continues to increase, we increase our risk of injury, poor decision making, and even increase risk of violence. So, if you choose to consume alcohol, think about setting a limit ahead of time to keep you below a .06, and stay in the MEAN GREEN.

BAC Chart


If you choose to drink, whether it is at a large party or a small group of people, consider the following tips to ensure everyone has a safe time.

  • Space and pace your drinks by sticking to a drink an hour so you can better regulate your BAC level.
  • Alternate with water or a non-alcoholic drink to better regulate your BAC level.
  • Set limits on how much you will drink before you go out and have your friends hold you accountable.
  • Make a plan before you head out about who you are going with and where you are headed. Plan your sober ride home. UNT Transportation services, in partnership with LYFT, offers early morning services with a promo code each semester.
  • Eat before and while you are drinking alcohol. This helps to slow down the absorption of alcohol, and helps you space and pace your drinking.


If you are under the age of 21, any detectable amount of alcohol in your system is against the law. If you are 21 or older, the legal limit is 0.08 BAC. UNT Policy 07.012 Code of Student Conduct states students or student groups my be disciplined for attempting to or engaging in misconduct including "public intoxication, driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated, or use, possession or distribution of alcohol beverages, except as expressly permitted by law and University policy."

The Texas 911 Lifeline Law provides limited immunity to students who are under the age of 21 and may have been consuming alcohol, but are rending aid to someone suspected of alcohol poisoning. When in doubt, call 911.

Similarly, UNT's Code of Student Conduct Section X states, “The University will not take disciplinary action against a student for the student's own misconduct that occurs at or near the time of a reported incident when the student: (2) Reports suspected misconduct by another individual and the report is made solely to protect another's health, safety, or welfare.”