The holiday season is a time of joy, relaxation, and celebrations. However, it can also be a period of increased stress and temptation, especially when it comes to alcohol consumption. 🤔
As you navigate through the exam season, festive gatherings, and end-of-semester parties, it’s crucial to prioritize your safety and well-being. Here’s a handy guide to help you enjoy the holidays responsibly. ✅✨
1. HAVE A PLAN 🗒️
Always plan a safe way to get to the party and get back home before you start drinking. Ask your family or friend for a ride, use public transportation, ride sharing services, or assign a designated driver in your group.
Never drink and drive! Not only it is illegal, but it is also dangerous!
2. KNOW YOUR LIMIT AND STICK WITHIN IT 💪
Everyone has different tolerance levels when it comes to alcohol. It’s important to understand your own limits. If you choose to drink, do so moderately and understand how much your body can handle.
Before heading out to a party or gathering, set a limit for yourself and stick to it. Decide in advance how many drinks you will have and hold yourself to that number. Don’t let other people influence your choice, remember that good friends will respect your boundaries.
3. MAINTAIN THE “BALANCE” ⚖️
Alcohol can dehydrate your body. Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after consuming alcohol. A good rule of thumb is to alternate between an alcoholic drink and a glass of water.
Also, eating a substantial meal before drinking can help slow the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream. Opt for foods high in protein and healthy fat options.
4. SET UP A BUDDY SYSTEM 🤜🤛
Go out with friends who you trust and look out for each other.
Stay aware of your environment and the people around you. If you’re at a party, keep an eye on your drink to ensure it’s not tampered with. If something doesn’t feel right, trust your instincts and leave.
5. ALTERNATIVE CELEBRATIONS ✨
Celebrating doesn’t always need to involve alcohol. Experiment with fun, non-alcoholic drinks. Mocktails can be just as festive and creative as their alcoholic beverages.
Shift the focus from drinking to activities. Organize or attend events that aren’t centered around alcohol, like ice skating, holiday movie nights, gift shopping, or cookie decorating.
6. MANAGE STRESS 🤯
The holiday season often coincides with final exams and projects. It’s important to balance celebration with your academic responsibilities. Manage your time effectively to avoid undue stress.
Find healthy ways to relieve stress. Exercise, meditation, and spending time with friends can be great ways to unwind.
Familiarize yourself with the resources available on your campus. Many colleges offer counselling services, peer support groups, and educational programs.