The Big Don'ts of College Drinking That May Save Your Life

A majority of college parties involve alcohol, and it is rather a hot topic for college students. According to, about 30,000 college students require medical treatment after overdosing on alcohol each year. Most college students binge drink, which is the consumption of five or more alcoholic drinks in a row on at least one occasion. Mary Hartley, RD, the nutrition expert for, confirms that, “it is a big problem among teens and adults.”

Binge drinking can do more than speed up the process of intoxication. According to Mary, “Young people frequently combine drinking and high risk activities and so heavy drinking carries a risk of serious injury due to falls or wrecks, as well as pregnancy, or sexually transmitted disease, date rape, and even death from alcohol poisoning.”

Binge drinking can also lead to alcohol abuse. Because alcohol is a normal part of the lifestyle, college students aren’t likely to stop drinking because of warnings of dangerous risks. However, they can certainly be more informed and be safer when they do imbibe.

Don’t Drink Alone

For starters, don’t drink alone, especially if you even think you’ll push the limits. If you pass out, get hurt, or worse need immediate medical attention, the harm can only be greater if a period of time passes before anyone finds you.

Don’t Drink and Drive

You’ve been hearing it since you were a child, but the message is certainly most relevant now. The risk of injury to yourself, friends in the car, or innocent passersby is far to great. Most campuses have free services available that can pick you up from parties and return you safely home. If nothing else, make plans to crash at a friend’s house or don’t party any further than you’re willing to walk.

Don’t Forget to Hydrate

One way to minimize the amount of alcohol you consume is to have a glass of water between each alcoholic beverage you consume. It slows down the rate of drinking as well as helps flush the alcohol and keep your body hydrated.

Don’t Play Drinking Games

From beer pong to card games, the number of drinking games of endless. These are a surefire way to consume way too much alcohol way too quickly. Abstain from the gimmicks and you’re sure to get home safely.

Do Get Help

Ask a friend, call your parents, visit a campus health center, or reach out to an organization like Students Against Destructive Decisions to get the help you need to stop drinking in a dangerous and careless manner.

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