Learn about alcohol, its effects and know your limits. Avoid acceptance of an open container from another person and bring money for a cab. Set your limit before you start drinking and pace your drinking. Keep track of what you’ve had and remember to eat before and while you’re drinking. It is a lot harder to make smart decisions after 5 drinks compared to 2 drinks – avoid drinking games.
A 120lb female who has 5 drinks over 3 hours will be twice as intoxicated as a 160lb male who drinks the same amount. Alcohol affects women differently than men, since males generally have more muscle mass. Vomiting does not get rid of the alcohol in your blood. There is no way to sober up quickly; no matter what you do it takes the same amount of time for your body to get rid of the alcohol. Make sure to drink lots of water to avoid dehydration.
Get support and give it too!
- Find friends who will support you when you say no to a drink
- Don’t pressure anyone to drink
- Be a role model, show other you can have fun without drinking
- Respect others’ choices when they turn down a drink
- Take charge - if people are pressuring individuals who have chosen not to drink, tell them to stop!
Signs of risky usage
- Blacking or passing out
- Missing work or class
- Drinking and driving
- Unable to stop when you want to
- Fights or arguments
- Abnormal behavior
What is a standard drink in the United States?
A standard drink =
- 13.7 grams (0.6 ounces) of pure alcohol
- 12 ounces of beer
- 10 ounces of microbrew
- 8 ounces of malt liquor
- 4 ounces of wine
- 1.5 ounces or a “shot” of 80-proof liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, or whiskey)
- 1 ounces of 100-proof liquor