November 16th, 2012

A Student’s Guide: The Do’s and Don’ts of Drinking


Parties are a part of many students’ college experience. There is nothing wrong with drinking alcohol at a party if you are at least 21 years old. However, drinking is something that can very easily get out of hand. That is why you need to make sure that you drink responsibly. Below are some of the do’s and don’ts of drinking:

Don’t Feel Like You Have to Drink to Fit In

You want to make friends and be popular, but you should not feel like you cannot fit in without drinking. If you would rather stay home and watch a movie than go out and drink, then you should not hesitate to stay home. Even though drinking is very popular, it is important to remember that you do not have to drink to have a good time.

Do Find a Group of Genuine Friends

When you are in college, you do not have your parents there to look out for you. That is why you should find a group of genuine friends. If you choose to attend parties, then you should make sure that you always go with your friends. Additionally, you should never leave a party without your friends.

Do Keep an Eye on Your Drink

You should keep an eye on your drink when you are at a party. Someone could very easily slip a drug into your drink if you are not paying attention. It is also important to note that there are some drugs that are tasteless, odorless and colorless. If you have to go to the bathroom, then you should throw away your drink and get a new one.

Do Know Your Limits

A little alcohol will probably not cause any harm to your body. However, if you drink in excess, then you could be doing serious damage to your health. You could very easily become addicted to alcohol if you regularly binge drink. That is why you should not consume more than five alcoholic beverages in one night.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

If you do end up consuming more alcohol than recommended, then you should not be afraid to ask for help. The police are there to help you. Binge drinking is very serious, and it is better to call someone than to just assume that you are alright. You could end up hurting yourself and someone else.

Lyndsi Decker is a student and freelance writer. She is currently promoting In her free time she enjoys snowboarding and spending time outdoors.

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