Alcohol can be a problem for some students. Students become ďof ageĒ while away at school and are tempted to try new things or use alcohol to deal with stress.
Experiencing new freedoms comes with responsibilities.
Before you decide to drink alcohol you need to consider a few facts:
1. Alcohol poisoning can result in unconsciousness and death.
2. Alcohol impairs judgement and increases your risk of injury or having unprotected or unwanted sex.
3. Alcohol is expensive.
4. Alcohol related abuse can cause you to miss a class, fail a test or lose a credit.
5. Alcohol can become an addiction.
Social drinking is not about going out and getting Drunk.
If you drink, make a plan that works for you.
1. Before you drink
- Decide how you are going to drink before going out. Set a limit.
- Itís not about all or nothing. You can have a beer and switch to non-alcohol beverages.
- Plan who you will go out with and support each other. Plan a buddy system and watch out for each other.
- Talk to your friends about your choice and donít change the plan.
- Donít drive home or go home with new acquaintances.
2. Learn About Alcohol
Each drink contains the same amount of alcohol.
- a 12 ounce ( 350 ml) beer bottle ( a pint is 473 ml =1.3 drinks) -5%alc./vol
- a 5 ounce glass of wine Ė12% alc./vol
- a 1.5 ounce shot of liquor (straight or in a mixed drink) Ė40%alc./vol
Your body size will affect the rate at which your body can process alcohol. Women metabolize alcohol slower than men. Binge drinking is having 4 or 5 drinks on a single occasion. (depending on the person).
3. Know your limit.
You may react differently to alcohol than your friends and to each time you drink.
As a general rule, drinking will affect you more quickly if you:
-have eaten little or no food
-have been ill
-are taking prescription medicine or any other drug.
4. Have A Plan.
Plan to lower the risks of drinking using these guidelines:
-Drink Slowly. Donít gulp or chug your drink down.
-Allow time between drinks. A least one hour.
-Eat food before you drink and while you drink.
-Drink water, pop or juice between alcoholic drinks.
-Stop when youíve reached your limit.
-Watch your drinks and donít accept drinks from others.
-Donít mix driving and drinking.
-Use your plan on how you will get home. Stay with you friends at all times.
Remember: Only time removes alcohol from your system. You canít sober up with coffee, fresh air or a shower.
5. Watch For Problems
Most alcohol-related illnesses, social problems, accidents and deaths are caused by ďproblem drinkingĒ. You may need help if:
-You want to drink often or all the time.
-Drinking is more important than being with friends.
-Your personality is altered when you consume alcohol.
-You find yourself sneaking drinks or hiding your drinking.
-Your performance at school has suffered because of drinking.
-Youíre done things while drinking that youíre sorry about later.
-Your family or friends have expressed concern about your drinking.
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6. Donít Drink Alcohol If:
-There is a possibility you are pregnant.
-You plan to drive any kind of vehicle.
-You are using other drugs or medicines
-You have problems when you drink.