Top Tips on How to Drink Responsibly

90% of all campus rapes are linked to alcohol.

Did I get your attention? Good. Here are some tips on how to drink responsibly.

Things to remember before you decide to drink:

  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach.
  • Avoid drinking games or drinking quickly. Your body processes about 1 drink per hour.
  • “Go easy” when tired, stressed, ill or when taking medication.
  • Women do not process alcohol as effectively as men. They get drunk twice as quickly, and sober up twice as slowly.
  • Feel comfortable with saying “no thanks”.

How to prevent dangerous situations from occurring:

  • Before leaving home decide who will be the designated driver. Alcohol-impaired driving is the leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds.
  • Call a cab when you have no designated driver.
  • Don’t leave your friends alone, arrive together and leave together.

Alcohol and Safety

  • Alcohol increases your chances of being either a victim or a perpetrator of a crime.
  • 90% of all campus rapes are linked to alcohol.
  • 1 in 12 college males admit committing acts defined as rape or acquaintance rape while drinking.
  • Female college freshman are at the highest risk for sexual assault in the first 3 months of school.
  • 70% of college students admit to having engaged in sexual activity under the influence.
  • 60% of college students who are infected with STI’s, were under the influence at the time of the infection.

Signs of Alcohol Poisoning:       

  • Cold, clammy, bluish skin
  • Passed out
  • Not responsive
  • Shallow or irregular breathing
  • Vomiting

What to do:

  • Turn the person on his/her side and support the person so that s/he cannot roll face down or on their back
  • Don’t leave the person unattended
  • Keep the person warm. Do not give the person water. Ingesting water or food can lead to choking or death.
  • Call 911

For Help: If you or a friend has a drinking problem, please contact the following services: Counseling Center @ 561-297-3540, Student Health Services @ 561-297-3512 or Owls Care Health Promotion @ 561-297-1048.

 

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