Promoting Student-Athlete Wellness and Substance Abuse Prevention

BAC Cards

Student-Athlete BAC Cards -- $25 per pack of 50

Did you know that drinking after athletic activity decreases vitamin and mineral absorption needed for muscle repair? Many collegiate student-athletes are unaware of the ways alcohol use can impact performance. To reach out to this health-minded population, the Gordie Center revised the GORDIEcheck BAC card to include student-athlete specific information including healthy social norms and how alcohol use before or after activity can have unintended consequences. The student-athlete data were provided by NCAA Sport Science Institute staff.

Student-Athlete BAC cards are evidence-informed, student-tested BAC cards with alcohol information relevant to student-athletes. Like our GORDIEcheck BAC cards, these cards are small, easy to read, and fit perfectly in students' wallets. The cards are an excellent resource for athletic departments and club sports teams to give out to every team member. The cards contain a standard drink conversion chart, BAC charts for females and males, the PUBS signs of alcohol overdose, as well as student-athlete specific statistics, information on how alcohol impacts athletic performance, and tips to maintain a lower BAC (see below). These cards can be customized to include your institution's logo (please contact us to discuss customization pricing!).

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The front side of the card defines standard drink measurements for beer, wine, and liquor, as well as marking these servings on the plastic cups typically found in college settings. In addition, it features the PUBS symptoms of alcohol overdose as well as tips to successfully maintain a lower blood alcohol concentration while drinking.

The reverse side features blood alcohol concentration predictions after 3 hours based on number of drinks, weight, and sex. This information can be vital for students attempting to determine a dangerous level of consumption and whether or not to call for help in life-threatening situations. The other two panels on this side provide information on how alcohol impacts athletic performance, and statistics about student-athlete alcohol use provided by the NCAA's Sport Science Institute.

Citations for Student-Athlete BAC Card

Student-Athlete social norms data and effects of alcohol on athletic performance:

  • 2017 NCAA National Study of Substance Use Habits of College Student-Athletes.
  • Berning, J. (1996). Alcohol and athletic performance. Coaches Corner, Gatorade Sports Science Institute.
  • El-Sayed, M., Omar, A., & Lin, X. (2000). Post-exercise alcohol ingestion perturbs blood haemostasis during recovery. Thrombosis research, 99(6), 523-530.
  • Firth, G. & Manzo, L. (2004). For the Athlete: Alcohol & Athletic Performance, NCAA Sport Science Institute.
  • Goodpaster, B. H. & Sinning, W. E. (1993). The residual effects of Alcohol consumption on thermoregulation in heat acclimated males. Medicine & Exercise in Sport & Exercise, 25:5, 147.
  • Gutgesell, M. & Canterbury, R. (1999). Alcohol usage in sport and exercise. Addiction Biology. 4:373-383.
  • Kuhn, C., Swartzwelder, S., & Wilson, W. (2000). Pumped: Straight facts for athletes about drugs, supplements and training. W. W. Norton & Co., New York, New York.
  • Kupari, M. (1983). Drunkenness, hangover and the heart. Acta Med Scand. 213:84-90.
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (U.S.). (2011). Beyond hangovers: Understanding alcohol's impact your health. Bethesda, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
  • O’Brien, C. P. & Lyons, F. (2000). Alcohol and the athlete. Sports Medicine, 29(5), 295-300.
  • Shirreffs, S. M. & Maughan, R. J. (2006). The effect of alcohol on athletic performance. Nutrition. 5: 192-196.
  • Shirreffs, S. M. & Maughan, R. J. (1997). Restoration of fluid balance after exercise induced dehydration: effects of alcohol consumption. J. Appl. Physiol. 82:1152–1158.
  • Underwood, J. G. (2005). Alcohol and the Athlete: A Comparative Case Study of Normal Performance and the Affect of Acute Alcohol Ingestion on an Elite Level Athlete. American Athletic Institute.
  • Underwood, J. G. & Balon, T. (2004). Alcohol and the Athlete: A Comparative Case Study of Enzymatic Activity, Training Effect and Alcohol Ingestion on an Elite Level Athlete. American Athletic Institute.
  • Underwood, J. G. & Balon, T. (2004). The Hangover Effect or Disturbed Recovery Process. American Athletic Institute.
  • Yusko, D. A., Buckman, J. F., White, H. R., & Pandina, R. J. (2008). Risk for excessive alcohol use and drinking-related problems in college student athletes. Addictive Behaviors, 33(12).