21st Birthday Club

How do I join Club 21?

Students automatically join Club 21 simply by turning 21 years old. Currently enrolled USC students will receive an e-postcard around their 21st birthday.

Embedded in the Club 21 card is a birthday gift – a coupon for one FREE APPETIZER at Traditions. To redeem the coupon, students must print out the coupon and bring it to Traditions along with their student ID and  a government issued ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)

For those individuals who are unfamiliar Traditions (aka Traddies) Bar & Grill is located in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center (lower level). It is an on campus bar and grill that adds a sophisticated twist to the pub feel and redefines what on-campus fun is all about. Traditions is conveniently located next to the student programming venue, Tommy’s Place.

Alcohol and You

It is extremely important to understand the effects of alcohol on yourself and others. Please read this information below and be informed of the possible consequences that alcohol could have on your body, your environment and circumstances during your college experience.

Factors or variables listed below can determine how quickly alcohol enters someone’s bloodstream (system) and thereby are indications of a person’s possible level of intoxication.

Size – muscle to mass ratio – the lower the ratio the higher the likelihood of intoxication. Smaller people are sometimes affected more quickly by alcohol than larger people. However large people with lower muscle to mass ratio (more body fat) can also become intoxicated faster.

Gender – Women’s bodies generally weigh less (smaller) and have a lower muscle to mass ratio (more body fat by design), and therefore tend to reach higher BACs quicker.

Consumption Rate – Taking in more alcohol in a shorter period of time e.g. gulping drinks and ordering frequently will increase the amount of alcohol taken into the system.

Other Drug Use – Other drugs (illegal, legal, and prescription) can change the effects of alcohol and cause an unpredictable outcome.

Food – A full stomach before or during drinking slows alcohol’s absorption into the bloodstream, therefore slowing a spike in concentration.

The type of alcohol you’re drinking. It takes about one hour for your liver to process (metabolize) the alcohol in 12 ounces (355 milliliters) of beer, 5 ounces (148 milliliters) of wine or 1.5 ounce (44 milliliters) of 80-proof distilled spirits. So, if you have 15 ounces (444 milliliters) of an 80-proof liquor, your body will need much longer to process that amount of alcohol than if you’d had 15 ounces of beer. You may also underestimate how much alcohol is in a mixed drink.

A standard alcohol dose contains about 14 grams of pure alcohol (about 0.6 fluid ounces or 1.2 tablespoons). Below are standard drink equivalents as well as the number of standard drinks in different container sizes for each beverage. These are approximate, as different brands and types of beverages vary in their actual alcohol content.

STANDARD DRINK EQUIVALENTS Approximate number of doses of alcohol in:
12 oz.
~5% alcohol
  • 12 oz. = 1
  • 16 oz. = 1.3
  • 22 oz. = 2
  • 40 oz. = 3.3
5 oz.
~12% alcohol
  • a 750 mL (25 oz.) bottle = 5
80-proof SPIRITS (hard liquor)
1.5 oz.
~40% alcohol
  • a mixed drink =  at least 1 or probably more*
  • a pint (16 oz.) = 11
  • a fifth (25 oz.) = 17
  • 75 L (59 oz.) = 39

*Note: Depending on factors such as the type of spirits and the recipe, one mixed drink can contain from one to three or more doses of alcohol.

Your tolerance level. People who drink regularly may develop more tolerance to alcohol. Although someone with a high tolerance for alcohol may need more alcohol to get alcohol poisoning, they’re still susceptible to the alcohol poisoning and its dangerous complications.

Since many different factors affect the intoxication of an individual, it is very difficult to gauge exactly how much is too much. The only way to get a rough estimate is to calculate your Blood Alcohol Content.

Blood Alcohol and Intoxication

Since many different factors affect the intoxication of an individual, it is very difficult to gauge exactly how much is too much. The only way to get a rough estimate is to calculate your Blood Alcohol Content.

Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) and legal intoxication – The legal measurement of intoxication, the amount of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream, is called the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). Here are some key points to remember: 

  • Consuming more alcohol will result in a higher BAC level.
  • Intoxication rate factors (size, gender, consumption rate, other drug use, and food) affect how quickly the BAC level rises.
  • On different occasions, the same person may have a different BAC level on the same amount of alcohol.
  • The higher the BAC level, the more behavioral cues you are likely to see.
  • Tolerance has no impact on a person’s BAC level.
  • A person’s BAC level can only be lowered (decreased) with time. It takes time for the chemistry of the human body to break apart the alcohol molecules.

A 150-pound male drinking for one hour on an empty stomach would likely have the following BAC levels. Generally speaking the same size female will have a higher BAC with the same dosage of alcohol. 2 doses ~ .05 BAC; 4 doses ~.10 BAC; 8 doses ~.20 BAC; 12 doses ~.30 BAC

Note: Legally unable to operate a car or give consent BAC of .08 or above

BAC Chart for Men

Body Weight in Pounds
Drinks 100 120 140 160 180 200 220 240
0 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00
1 .04 .03 .03 .02 .02 .02 .02 .02
2 .08 .06 .05 .05 .04 .04 .03 .03
3 .11 .09 .08 .07 .06 .06 .05 .05
4 .15 .12 .11 .09 .08 .08 .07 .06
5 .19 .16 .13 .12 .11 .09 .09 .08
6 .23 .19 .16 .14 .13 .11 .10 .09
7 .26 .22 .19 .16 .15 .13 .12 .11
8 .30 .25 .21 .19 .17 .15 .14 .13
9 .34 .28 .24 .21 .19 .17 .15 .14
10 .38 .31 .27 .23 .21 .19 .17 .16

BAC Chart for Women

Body Weight in Pounds
Drinks 90 100 120 140 160 180 200 220 240
0 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00 .00
1 .05 .05 .04 .03 .03 .03 .02 .02 .02
2 .10 .09 .08 .07 .06 .05 .05 .04 .04
4 .20 .18 .15 .13 .11 .10 .09 .08 .08
5 .25 .23 .19 .16 .14 .13 .11 .10 .09
6 .30 .27 .23 .19 .17 .15 .14 .12 .11
7 .35 .32 .27 .23 .20 .18 .16 .14 .13
8 .40 .36 .30 .26 .23 .20 .18 .17 .15
9 .45 .41 .34 .29 .26 .23 .20 .19 .17
10 .51 .45 .38 .32 .28 .25 .23 .21 .19

Subtract .01% for each 40 minutes of drinking.
One drink is 1.25 oz. of 80 proof liquor, 12 oz. of beer, or 5 oz. of table wine.

Blood Alcohol Calculator

Plan your night responsibly and find out if you’ve had enough here.

Behavioral Cues of Intoxication 

The changes in people’s behavior that occur while they are drinking are called cues. In most situations, the more alcohol in the bloodstream will result in more obvious cues. Watch for cues in four areas.

  • Inhibitions– Becoming talkative, displaying loud behavior or mood swings, or exhibiting a notable change in behavior can all indicate lowered inhibitions.
  • Judgment– Behaving inappropriately such as drinking competitively, using foul language, telling off-color jokes, or annoying others exhibits poor judgment.
  • Reactions– Glassy, unfocused eyes, talking and moving very slowly, forgetting things, losing one’s train of thought, and slurred speech result from slowed reactions.
  • Coordination – Stumbling or swaying, dropping belongings, having trouble holding a drink, or passing out can indicate loss of coordination.

Who is most at risk?

People who drink frequently tend to have a higher tolerance. This means they may be able to hide the behavioral cues that would otherwise tell you they are intoxicated. Drinking quickly increases BAC very rapidly. In addition, those individuals with high tolerance sometimes consume more alcohol without signs to slow down. These individuals can approach life threatening amounts faster and with less warning. In other words, the risk of death due to alcohol overdose/poisoning is higher.

Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol poisoning is a serious — and sometimes deadly — consequence of drinking large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time. Drinking too much too quickly can affect your breathing, heart rate and gag reflex and potentially lead to coma and death.

Binge drinking — rapidly downing five or more drinks in a row — is a main cause of alcohol poisoning.


Alcohol poisoning symptoms include:

  • Confusion, stupor
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slow breathing (less than eight breaths a minute)
  • Irregular breathing (a gap of more than 10 seconds between breaths)
  • Blue-tinged skin or pale skin
  • Unconsciousness, unresponsive, and can’t be roused

It’s not necessary for all of these symptoms to be present before you seek help. A person who is unconscious or can’t be roused is at risk of dying.

A person with alcohol poisoning needs immediate medical attention. If you suspect someone has alcohol poisoning, call for emergency medical help right away. Call DPS (213) 740-4321 or 911 immediately.

Don’t be afraid to seek medical help for a friend who has had too much to drink. Don’t worry that your friend may become angry or embarrassed-remember, you cared enough to help. Always be safe, not sorry.

Celebrate Safely

  • Remember, your birthday is a marathon, not a sprint!
  • Drink alcohol in moderation.
  • Alternate alcoholic beverages with non alcoholic beverages. Water is the best choice.
  • Avoid drinking games.
  • Set a limit to the number of alcoholic drinks before starting.
  • Keep track of how many drinks you have had, pay attention to serving sizes!
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Having some food in your stomach may help slow alcohol absorption. Additionally, you may reduce hangovers and other negative outcomes by snacking throughout your celebration.
  • Never drink and drive!

Be Safe. Not Sorry.

Quick References

Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

  • Cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin
  • Unconscious or unable to be roused
  • Puking repeatedly or uncontrollably
  • Slow or irregular breathing

Call 9-1-1 exhibiting these symptoms for immediate assistance.

Handling an Intoxicated Person

  • CHECK THEIR BREATHING, waking them often to be sure they are not unconscious.
  • A DRUNK PERSON should not be put in charge of another drunk person.
  • DO NOT exercise the person.
  • DO NOT allow the person to drive a car or ride a bicycle.
  • DO NOT give the person food, liquid, medicines or drugs to sober them up.
  • DO NOT give the person a cold shower; the shock of the cold could cause unconsciousness.


Campus & Community Resources

Engemann Student Health Center

1031 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089
See website for hours
Medical Services provides AAAHC accredited health care for students on the University Park Campus who have paid the Health Fee.

Counseling Services

Engemann 3rd Floor
(213) 740-7711
8:30am – 5:00pm Monday-Friday
Counseling Services provides counseling for students on the University Park Campus who have paid the Health Fee.

Office for Wellness and Health Promotion

Engemann Second Floor, Room 203
(213) 740-4777
8:30am – 5:00pm Monday-Friday
OWHP provides information, education, support and resources for students on the University Park Campus who have paid the Health Fee.

Support & Information

Trojans Care For Trojans

Email: tc4t@usc.edu
(213) 740-5693

Alcoholics Anonymous at UPC

AA meets Mondays through Thursdays from 6 – 7 pm at the University Religious Center (URC), room 205.
For more information, please email trojanrecovery@gmail.com
(323) 936-4343


For anyone whose life has been affected by someone else’s drinking.
Please visit www.al-anon.org/ for more information.


DPS emergency (213) 740-4321
DPS non emergency (213) 740-6000


Can I use my card more than once?

No.  This is a one-time use coupon. The Club 21 Card is designed for a one-time use. The card may only be redeemed by the student to whom the card was sent. (Misuse of the card will be reported to SJACS – Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards.)

Does my card ever expire?

Yes.  The coupon is only valid during your birthday month.

Can I give my coupon to someone else?

No.  This coupon is a gift from Student Affairs.  It may only be used by the person it was issued to.  IDs will be checked upon submission of the coupon.

What locations can I use my card?

Traditions in the Tutor Center next to Tommy’s Place.

Can my card be used during football game days?

No.  This coupon may not be during home football game days.

What if I think that drinking isn’t the only way to have a good time? Do you have any suggested alternatives?