As Alcohol Awareness Week approaches, we from Wellness want to remind you to think before you drink. Easier said than done, right? As Friday night approaches, it is not uncommon to watch the clock until five o’clock on the dot. If this is you, don’t worry; you’re not alone! You’re not a bad person for wanting to grab a drink or two with friends at the end of a long week and just relax. We’ve all been there. But, we encourage you to think before you grab that third or fourth drink.
A major concern among college students is the tendency to binge drink. It is so important to know your limit and be able to stop before things go too far. We all have that “one friend” that tests their limits, or maybe we have been that friend. Either way, it is important to remember these tips before drinking in order to avoid a party foul:
- EAT! We cannot stress enough the importance of eating a big meal if you plan have at least two drinks. A meal high in protein and carbohydrates before a night of drinking is a good way to ensure you have enough food in your belly before the alcohol. Also, a starchy meal during or after drinking can help absorb some of the alcohol and toxins.
- Have a plan! Set yourself a limit before you even take your first sip. Do you have a ride for later? Do you know where you plan to lay your head a two in the morning? Don’t be that friend that everyone has to “deal with” at the end of the night, because you weren’t prepared. Call an UBER or a taxi! You could also have your designated driver on speed dial.
- Don’t drink alone. Friends are the best accessories to any outing, especially when they know your limit and can help you slow down if things start to get a little crazy. Tell your friend your plan. That way, if something does happen, you have someone there that cares about you and your safety.
- Don’t be ashamed to say that you need to slow down. If the people you are with make fun of you, then maybe you should not be with them in the first place.
For more information about alcohol awareness, make sure you check out our events during Alcohol Awareness Week, which is October 26th through October 30th. You can find more information about the events that are taking place that week on our website: http://recreation.georgiasouthern.edu/wellness/awareness-weeks/tbyd/ .
We’re looking forward to hanging out with you that week, but until then… don’t forget to think before you drink!