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DOLLS: Diary of a Lady Lobo

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COSAP created the DOLLs Program to provide information about women and alcohol use. In general, women are biologically and socially affected by alcohol differently than are males. We want to provide our Lady Lobos with the knowledge and the confidence they need to make safe and smart choices about whether or not to drink and how to do so.

To launch this program, we started with our “Honesty is a Testimony” event.  Instructions for the event are detailed below:

Our secrets and confessions are part of the driving force behind our motivations and the choices we make. Our honesty is a testimony. Sometimes humorous and sometimes solemn, we all have our wisdom to share.  As part of an anonymous community project, we asked some fellow Lobos to take testimony cards (pink for girls, blue for boys) and answer the question below.  Creativity and honesty about their thoughts and experiences were very much appreciated. 

Share with us an experience you have had with alcohol.

How has this experience affected your life?

In Spring 2013, we received 32 testimonies, 19 of them from females and 13 of them from males. These anonymous testimonies can be found on our Facebook page in the album labeled DOLLS Diary Entries. Look for us at tabling events to add your entry to our Diary!!!

*Testimonies become our property and may be edited for display

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Fact Sheet

Women tend to weigh less than men - Smaller body mass means higher blood alcohol concentrations sooner than larger body mass 

Women’s body weight is higher in percentage of body fat than men’s bodies - Women’s body weight is composed of 45-55% water, whereas men’s bodies are composed of 55-65% water.  Thus, higher levels of Pink Drinkblood alcohol concentrations are achieved with less alcohol consumed.

Women are more likely to drink mix drinks - Mix drinks disguise the bitter taste of the alcohol and thus make it easier to consume more alcohol faster. One glass could equal five standard drinks because the alcohol content is unknown to the drink-holder. 

Women’s bodies metabolize alcohol more slowly - Dehydrogenase is a stomach enzyme that aids in the metabolism of alcohol before it enters the bloodstream. Women have 70-80% less of this enzyme in their bodies than men so the BAC is higher to start with.

Women’s monthly hormonal changes affect blood alcohol concentration - An increase in estrogen one week prior to menstruation slows alcohol metabolism and leads to peak levels of intoxication for longer periods of time than during any other time of the month.  Loss of blood during menstruation may increase a woman’s BAC as well. 

Women can become addicted to alcohol more quickly than men - It takes men approximately 10-13 years to experience the negative consequences of alcohol abuse while it only takes 5-6 years for women to experience the same effects.  The death rate for female alcoholics is 50-100% higher than for male alcoholics.

Standard Drink Sizes

12 oz. Beer

5 oz. Wine

1.5 oz. of 80 proof Liquor

8 oz. Malt Beverages

All of these drinks contain the same amount of alcohol

Your liver can process one standard drink per hour



Set limits ahead of time

Keep track of the number of drinks you consume and pace yourself

Avoid drinks with unknown alcohol content

Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

Eat before and during drinking

Use the buddy system to keep each other safe!


Do Not Mix Energy Drinks with Alcohol

  • Alcohol is a depressant while caffeine is a stimulant, causing dangerous changes in heart rate and brain function

  • Caffeine and alcohol are both diuretics, leading to dehydration and worse hangovers

    Pink Beer Pong

  Avoid Drinking Games 

  • They encourage unhealthy and fast consumption of alcohol through competition
  • It is hard to keep track of the number of standard drinks consumed
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National Data

Research suggests that women are significantly more vulnerable than men to develop alcohol-related health concerns, including:

  • Alcoholic hepatitis (liver inflammation)
  • Cirrhosis (liver disease) leading to death
  • Cerebral Atrophy (permanent shrinkage and loss of brain cells)
  • Breast and other cancers
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Unintended Pregnancy
  • Violence
  • Cardiomyopathy (a degenerative disease of the heart muscle)
  • Myopathy (a degenerative disease of the skeletal muscle)
  • Hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure)
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s Disease

Numbers on women and alcohol:

  • 60% of U.S. women have at least one drink a year
  • Among these women, 13% have more than seven drinks per week (the recommended maximum amount by government guidelines)
  • Approximately 5.3 million women in the United States drink in a way that threatens their health, safety, and general well-being
  • Nearly 14 million U.S. women binge drink (5 or more drinks in one sitting) about three times a month
  • An estimated 23,000 female deaths occurred each year in the United States as a result of excessive alcohol use

2013 Student Lifestyle Survey compared to National Lifestyle Survey

* 867 UNM Students were surveyed in the Spring of 2013 to determine social trends, common behaviors, and attitudes towards alcohol and other drugs
*992 students were surveyed at multiple college campus locations by Harvard Medical School Center for Addiction Medicine, Cornell School of Nursing Boston College, and Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies

35.4% of UNM students reported having had five or more drinks in a sitting recently while 65.6% of students in the national survey reported exceeding the NIAAA daily limit of 3 drinks a day for women

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Photo Gallery

Dolls Tabling (1)
UNM COSAP introduced the DOLLS Program on May 3, 2013
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Honesty is Testimony
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Creators of DOLLS: (from left)
Angelique Brewer, Rachel Abeyta, Leah Lichtenfeld
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Our first testimony! All Lobos welcome!
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Lady Lobos anonymously submitting their stories
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Diary entries flowing in!
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We provided some example testimonies of our own!
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Sometimes humorous and sometimes solemn,
we all have our wisdom to share
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All testimonies remain anonymous
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See real Lady Lobo Testimonies on our Facebook!
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Look for us at tabling events to add your diary entry!


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Diary of a Lady Lobo

Dolls Confessions on Facebook

Honesty is Testimony.

We asked our Lady Lobos to share with us an experience they have had with alcohol. Checkout their anonymous Diary Entries for DOLLS on our Facebook!