Safer Drinking Tips

Do you know how much you’re drinking?

Studies on drinking in college suggest that you might not.

  • On average, college students underestimate how much alcohol they consume and overestimate how much their peers consume.

  • Those same studies also show that overestimating peers’ drinking is related to drinking more yourself. If you don’t have a good idea of how much that is, you could be drinking a lot more than you think.

There are many myths out there about alcohol, but the truth is that there can be negative, even deadly consequences. Moderation is the key to reducing or eliminating negative consequences and keeping BAC (blood alcohol concentration) in a safe range.

 

 

Drink safely and enjoy yourself with these tips:

Have a Plan

Set a limit in advance. 

Plan how much you intend to drink before you go out. This will help you make smart choices about when and how much you'll drink.

Eat before drinking.

Having food in your stomach before you drink slows the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream. This means you're less likely to get sick or hungover. Some experts recommend choosing foods with protein and fat.

Have a designated driver.

Plan to have a sober designated driver in your group or know who to call when you need a ride home. 

 

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Stay in the Sweet Spot to Have a Good Time

 

Pace Yourself

Most people can metabolize about one standard drink of alcohol per hour. Try to stay within this pace as you drink to avoid the negative effects of alcohol.

Know how much you've had.

You can't pace yourself if you don't know how much you're drinking! Keep track by measuring your drinks if you're a party and waiting until your drink is empty before having refilling.

Alternate with non-alcoholic beverages. 

This helps you space out the alcohol you consume, giving your body time to metabolize the alcohol and rehydrate.

Avoid drinking games.

Drinking games reduce the amount of control you have over what you're drinking. The more you drink, the harder it becomes to follow the rules, and...the more you end up drinking. Opt out of drinking games or make sure you stay in control of how much you're consuming.

And don't forget to check in on your friends.

When a lot of people are drinking together, it's harder to tell who needs help. Stay aware to have a good time out with friends.

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More Safer Drinking Tools

Keep track of your drinks and stay in the sweet spot with these safer drinking guidelines.

 Download the Safer Drinking Guidelines

 

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More Campus Health Safer Drinking Resources

 

Build Your Coping Skills

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Talk to Someone at CAPS

At CAPS, enrolled students can receive mental health care, including: 

Learn more about getting started at CAPS.

 

Resources:

Apps

Sober Grid: mobile sober community with resources for tracking and sharing progress with others

Sober Tool: track your sober days and how much money you've saved by not buying alcohol

Stressbusters Wellness, U of A Edition: audio tracks, relaxation, meditation, events.

Headspace: Meditation and Mindfulness Made Simple

Stop, Breath & Think: 5 minutes to peace

Ipnos relaxation and sleep tools: relaxation melodies, relaxation meditation, relaxing yoga music, wake-up and sleep-aid clock app

Omvana by Mindvalley: 500+ transformational audios for body, mind, lifestyle, productivity, relationships, hypnosis