Oh, Welcome Week. That celebration of the college lifestyle, once taken for granted and now fully appreciated after a long summer at home. Apart from the slow torture of moving into your new apartment/dorm room, the week before school starts is rife with the opportunity to exercise your renewed (or newfound) freedom to be drunk whenever. You. Please.
During the first few weeks of school, it is common for new students to receive invitations to off-campus parties. Unfortunately, these parties can pose significant risks to students. Therefore, we want students to consider these factors:
How will they get home safely from the party?
Who else do they know is attending? Do they trust these individuals to step up for them as engaged bystanders if necessary? How will they take care of their friends and family and return to everyone promptly? If your student chooses to consume alcohol, do they understand the possible consequences for their wellbeing, safety, and disciplinary record? Be sure to instill the strategies suggested by the Think About It website.
1. Eat plenty, and know your limits
It s an indisputable fact that eating plenty before it’s time to hit the town is imperative if you want to ensure that you don’t overindulge on the liquor front. Substantial carbs like bread or a serving of pasta will not only fill you up but can diminish the adverse effects of the next morning’s hangover!.
But even the most seasoned of drinkers can still become intoxicated when having fun. You need to make sure that you know your alcohol limits and know that your limits may vary daily based on how much you’ve eaten, how long you’ve been drinking, and any physical activity you’ve participated in that day.
It is recommended to have a pint of water between every alcoholic drink so that you can not only stay hydrated but perhaps decelerate your consumption.
2. Keep an eye on your drinks
At bars and clubs, however, it’s wise to monitor your drinks closely to prevent those annoying “minesweepers” from stealing your drink.
Using a coaster or a stopper to stop your drink from being interfered with is a simple technique to prevent drink spiking. Alternatively, you can now buy prescription energy drinks to protect you from drink spiking.
3. Know how you’re getting home
See what sort of transportation can be used in your area. For example, some universities offer a safety bus, a free service that will pick you up and drop you off, usually at a lower $1. This is a convenient service because she has no money and needs a friendly face. However, this shouldn’t be used as a cheap taxi service. – this should only be used when you’re in real need of assistance.
Otherwise, save some taxi directions to your phone, or find a bus schedule so you can plan your route home before you even step out the door. In addition, don’t forget to write down your new address when you book your night out; it will make your life easier later.
4. Travel as a pack
Wherever you’re living while you are re-acclimating, travelling together with nearby flatmates can be an exciting experience. It’s an excellent opportunity to explore new areas and a great way to look out for one another. An extra set of eyes helping you maintain control while drinking, a few friends remembering the way home, and an affordable final taxi fare are just a few advantages.
5. Make sure your phone is fully charged
Will you be sure to have your phone with you on a night out, but have you checked to make sure that it’s fully charged and that you have credit depleted in case you want a taxi? If you’re taking photos and texting your contacts to group them in clubs, your battery may run relatively low – so make sure you have it at 100 percent before heading off.