The lessons I learned from a 5-week work placement at DrinkSmart.
Me, Myself and I.
Jess here, and here is a little about who I am before you get to read my experience. I’m 21 years old originally from Bolton, ON but am here in KW for school at Conestoga College. Advertising & Marketing Communications is my program and I am loving every second of it. I am the oldest of three sisters and my biggest value in life is family. I am a serious Netflix binge watcher and am currently in love with Gossip Girl and Riverdale.
Part 3: How Can Institutions Reduce Binge Drinking?
This is part three of our larger conversation about binge drinking. In the first instalment we defined what binge drinking actually meant. You can see the full post here, but as a reminder:
Binge drinking is defined as the act of excessively consuming alcohol in one sitting, usually with the intent to get drunk. How much it takes to cross the line depends on the person, but typically, that’s about four drinks in one sitting for women, and five for men.
In part two, we spoke about how an individual can rethink their own personal drinking habits on a night out to avoid a binge drinking session, as well as the nasty hangover that can follow. You can find that post here.
This entry is all about binge drinking at the institutional level. More specifically, what post-secondary institutions, as well as any on campus establishments that serve liquor can do to better educate staff and reduce binge drinking among their students and customers.
As always, we want to establish that there’s nothing wrong with having a few drinks, but that you should always know your limits – and never operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
This is part two of our conversation about binge drinking. Last time, we explored the definition of the term, and how that fits into a broader context.
As a reminder, binge drinking is the act of excessively consuming alcohol in one sitting, usually with the intent to get drunk. How much it takes to cross the line depends on the person, but typically, that’s about four drinks in one sitting for women, and five for men. It doesn’t take a lot.
Now that it’s been defined, let’s talk about how to avoid crossing the line into binge drinking during a night out. Remember, there’s nothing wrong with having some drinks – but always be aware of your limits, and know when enough is enough.
Part 1: Signs and Symptoms of Someone Who Drinks too Much
Plain and simple, binge drinking by definition is the excessive consumption of alcohol in one sitting. Usually with the intent to get drunk.
Let’s break that down a little; in Canada, a standard drink contains 13.6 grams of pure alcohol. That is a 12 ounce bottle of 5% beer, 5 ounces of 12% table wine, or 1.5 ounces of80-proof liquor.
Binge drinking is typically the act of drinking 4 or more drinks in one sitting for women, and 5 or more drinks in one sitting for men, at least once a month. At its core, binge drinking is the heavy use of alcohol, usually consumed with the intent to get drunk.
Now let’s break it down further to help you better understand what it is, and how to recognize it.
You’re all dressed up for a night out. But is your phone as prepared as you are?
When you head out for a night of partying you’ve got a ritual; you take a shower, do your hair, and pick out some great clothes. Even though it takes a long time to tend to the importance of say, a man bun, if we are honest with ourselves, our most important party accessory is our phone. So let’s explore ways to make sure it’s as dressed up as you are.
At DrinkSmart, we have put together a list of four great apps to download to your phone that will set you up for amazing nights out and better mornings-after. Never leave home with a naked phone again.