Drug and Alochol Lingo - Health and Wellness Center - Penn State Altoona

Counseling & Psychological Services

Alcohol and Other Drugs

What is that student talking about?!

Know the lingo — These are some of the words or phrases we’ve heard on campus:

  • ABC Party - translates to “All But Clothes” Party—this means students use things like duct tape, saran wrap, monopoly money to cover themselves
  • Anything for a dollar party - translates to—you receive a monopoly dollar for every dare that you perform (often it is a sexual act); the person who has the most money at the end of the party is the “winner”.
  • Bath salts - a new group of designer drugs sold as tablets, capsules, or powder and purchased in places such as tobacco and convenience stores, gas stations, head shops, and the Internet. These drugs are stimulants that mimic cocaine, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), methamphetamine, or MDMA (ecstasy).
  • beer goggles - translates to—drinking so much alcohol (does not necessarily have to be beer) that it impairs your judgment and lowers your inhibition. When wearing “beer goggles” you think people are more attractive than you think they are when you are sober. May lead to “hooking up.”
  • Beer Pong - translates to—a drinking game in which players throw a ping pong ball across a table with the intent of landing the ball in a cup of beer on the other end. The game typically consists of two teams of two players each with 10 cups set up in a triangle formation on each side. Each team then takes turns attempting to shoot ping pong balls into the opponent's cups. If a ball lands in a cup, the contents of that cup are consumed by the other team and the cup is removed from the table. The first team to eliminate all of the opponent's cups is the winner.
  • blaze - translates to—smoking marijuana
  • Booty call - translates to—contacting a person because you want to have sex with no strings attached.
  • Creepin’ - translates to-term used to describe one person viewing another person's personal online profile on Facebook, or various other social networking sites, usually in excessive amounts.
  • day drinking and day long drinking - translates to—starting to drink when you get up and throughout the day, students may “day drink” on the weekends, when one of their classes is cancelled or when the campus closes due to the weather, i.e., snowstorms.
  • Dormcest - translates to-hooking up with someone who lives in your dorm, apartment, or on the same floor as you... usually initiated by drunk decisions.
  • Drunk dialing/drunk texting - translates to--To make a phone call or to text while drunk. These calls are usually made to former flings, ex-boyfriends or girlfriends, guys or girls that you want to hook up with. Almost always results in embarrassment for the drunken person.
  • Drunkorexic - translates to—someone (usually a female) who starves themselves all day to binge drink their calories at night
  • Flip Cup - translates to—a drinking game consisting of two teams who race to take turns chugging beer and then flipping their cup before the next person on their team can begin. First team to make it through all teammates wins.
  • Freshman 15 - translates to—gaining weight because of any or all of the following reasons: you are not exercising as much or at all, eating junk food, drinking lots of alcohol.
  • Friends with benefits - translates to having sex with a person without emotional attachment or commitment—often occurs when drinking.
  • hooking up - translates to—implies having had sex, i.e., intercourse, with a person while you were drunk. By the way, 400,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 had unprotected sex while under the influence of alcohol and more than 100,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex (Hingson et al., 2002).
  • Jungle Juice - Usually consisting of A LOT of alcohol overpowered with sugary drinks like Kool-Aid or lemonade, what tastes nonalcoholic, can (and probably does) pack a powerful punch. It is impossible to know how much alcohol is in a cup or glass.
  • keg stand - translates to—drinking from a keg while being held upside down
  • Molly - translates to—the pure form of the drug, MDMA (a.k.a. Ecstasy). It acts as a stimulant and as a psychedelic.
  • Power hour - translates to—trying to drink a shot of beer per minute for an hour. This is the equivalent of a 6-pack of beer in one hour. For a 150 pound male, his BAC would be about 0.12%--translates to—very intoxicated!
  • Pregame - translates to--drinking before an event that includes drinking. Students say they pregame so they are buzzed when they arrive at the party and don’t have to “catch up” with those who are already there. Another reason students pregame is in case the alcohol runs out early at the party.
  • roofies and date rape drug - translates to—Rohypnol, a powerful, illegal sedative that has been used in connection with rape to incapacitate the victim and prevent him or her from recalling the incident. However, alcohol is the number 1 date rape drug: 90% of all campus rapes in the nation occur when alcohol has been used by either the assailant or the victim.
  • sexiled - translates to—To be exiled from your apartment or room because your roommate is having sex with someone.
  • ’shrooms and magic mushrooms - translates to—Psilocybin, a hallucinogenic substance obtained from certain types of mushrooms
  • State Patty’s Day - translates to—Began in 2007 by a group of students at University Park because St. Patrick’s Day fell over their spring break, so they wanted to “celebrate” before break. Often occurs in February—many students travel to State College and “day drink” green beer. Has resulted in numerous arrests and trips to the hospital for alcohol poisoning.
  • study drugs - translates to— prescription stimulant medications (Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta) that are used improperly by a person with a prescription, or more often, illegally by a person without a prescription. These medications are used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which affect attention span, impulse control, self-discipline, and hyperactivity in the case of ADHD.
  • syllabus week or Sylly week - translates to—we can party every night because it’s the first week of classes
  • Thirsty Thursday - translates to—getting an early start to the weekend by drinking Thursday night.
  • walk of shame - translates to—walking back to your room or apartment after spending the night with someone with whom you "hooked up."

The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed counselors who provide both individual counseling and case management services. The Center's staff is dedicated to assisting students in their pursuit of personal and academic growth, to help students gain a better understanding and appreciation of themselves, and to support students as they make important decisions about their lives. Contact the Health and Wellness Center at 814-949-5540 to schedule an appointment or schedule through the Online Student Access secure portal.

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