Did you hear? Orientation events are happening!
Your first few weeks will be filled with days jam-packed with fun events and chances to meet other students. Yes, some of these things might be virtual but that doesn't make them any less important. Join all of them or choose what best fits you! But do something.
Orientation week might also have you thinking about drinking, but many of these events don't actually involved alcohol. So here are a few quick #DrinkSmartTIPS to help you have a safer experience.
Some events might allow alcohol consumption, but it is never mandatory. If you do choose to drink alcohol, how can you do it safely?
Here are a few #DrinkSmartTIPS:
Plan your drink count and your ride home before your night begins. Don't let anyone influence how much alcohol you consume and tell a friend where you're going.
Pour and measure your own drinks (or bring them) where possible. Knowing how much you are consuming can help you stick to your plan. Take the time to learn what a "STANDARD DRINK" really is. Not all drinks are equal.
Track the number of drinks you are consuming (yes, shots count). Just because you don't feel it right away, doesn't mean the alcohol is not in your body. Only time can sober you up.
Limit yourself to one drink per hour (or longer), giving your body the ability to process the alcohol. We know you won't always be drinking a "STANDARD DRINK" so take your time, go slow and wait 60-90 minutes between.
Alternate your drinks with water (or a non-alcoholic drink) and eat before and while you drink. Choose foods high in protein and healthy fats - salt will only make you thirsty!
You also can't "soak" it up. Those late-night cravings are mainly due to the fact that you have impaired decision making.
Alcohol affects everyone differently and not everyone drinks (or has tried it before). Let's be respectful to our own bodies and others. Take time to make an informed decision that is right for you.
Mixing alcohol with other stuff: Nicotine, Cannabis, Tylenol, and other legal or illegal drugs will change how the alcohol reacts and is even processed in your body. Head over to this STORY to learn more about alcohol poisoning, what to look for and what to do.