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How to Stay Classy and Safe While Drinking

women drinkingAfter an exhausting week of classes, it’s time to unwind. How do most college students relax on a Friday night? For me, it usually includes hanging out with my friends, a few glasses of wine, and a couple of parties. For others, it’s slamming shots, chugging beers and waking up the next morning not entirely sure of how you got home.

Now, I am not saying that all college students are complete drunkards, but the fact is, most college students drink alcohol. Drinking alcohol is a part of the college experience, but that doesn’t mean that you should drink yourself under the table: it’s just not classy.  Here are my tried and true tips for not getting too drunk and maintaining some of your dignity:

Eat something before you drink. You do not need to stuff yourself, but try to eat a little something before you start drinking. Carbohydrates and healthy fats, like mixed nuts or a slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter, are your best bet. Eating will slow down the rate your body absorbs the alcohol into your blood stream, and will help you better control the amount you consume. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Most Popular College Drinking Games

betty white beer pongIn a world where drinking is common and prevalent, parents might be relieved to find that college student drinking week after week has started to bore some students. Rather than pick up another hobby to occupy their past times, students have embraced, developed and created drinking games. These drinking games are so innovative that you could also use them as good dares to tell your friend.

Here is a list of some of the most popular ones:

  • Beer Pong: 4 players per game acquire a pitcher of beer or alcohol and a long table with 12 classic drinking game red plastic cups that are set up on at the end of the table on either side in a triangle formation (similar to bowling pins). Each player tries to toss a ping pong ball into the opposing team’s cup and if they get it in, the other team must remove that cup, drink its contents, and the game is over when one team’s cups are completely gone and drank. When a player gets a ball into a cup, they get to shoot again until they miss. Beer pong is the most popular game on campuses. Read the rest of this entry »

The Princeton Review Names University of Georgia Top Party School

2011-biggest-party-schoolsTo be named on one of The Princeton Review lists is usually a boon to colleges and universities, but this one may not be. The 2011 list of biggest party schools is out, and a spot of the list is decidedly a mixed blessing in the eyes of administrators. Although students may be attracted to the social life promised by a big party school, the reputation may have negative connotations for a university’s prestige as an institution of higher learning. The University of Georgia heads the list, followed by Ohio University, which also ranked on the “Lots of Beer” and “Lots of Hard Liquor” lists.

The schools are ranked based on surveys of the popularity of the Greek system, the use of drugs and alcohol and the number of hours students spend studying.

Here’s the top ten list:

1. University of Georgia

2. Ohio University

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Popular College Drinks that are Cheap, Quick and Easy to Prep

Vodka infused watermelon

Vodka infused watermelon

While most of the time college students are slaving away studying in the library, there are the chosen few nights when students are able to let loose, get wasted and wake up with a hangover and use the excuse: “…it’s OK, I’m in college.”

In a place where complete and utter incoherent intoxication is not really frowned upon it comes as no surprise that the art of creatively consuming alcoholic beverages has peaked on university campuses.

Here are some popular drinks that are cheap, quick and easy to prepare for an impromptu party:

  • Hunch Punch: ¾ fruit punch and ¼ grain alcohol

Irish Students Abuse Alcohol More Often than Other European Teens

A long running joke goes something like:

Q: “Why did God invent beer?”
A: “To keep the Irish from taking over the world.”

underage-drinkingThe Irish have always been known for their preference for alcohol; until now, I thought it was just a stereotype that should not be taken too seriously. Turns out though, maybe it is based on the truth.

A recent European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs revealed that 47 percent of Irish 15- to 16-year-olds have been drunk in the past year. This is higher than the European average, which is still high at 39 percent.

The legal drinking age in Europe is 18, so drinking alcohol at 16 is not as unheard of there as it is in the U.S. In fact, 90 percent of students surveyed had tasted alcohol in the past year. But that could mean a glass of wine at dinner. It did not mean “staggering when walking, slurred speech or throwing up,” which is how the survey defined drunkenness. Read the rest of this entry »

College Women Drink More Than Women Without Degrees

Young Women DrinkingRecently, the London School of Economics conducted a study involving 39-year-old women born in the United Kingdom during the same week of the year 1970. The Daily Telegraph picked up this study and released it to national and international news outlets.

The study found that women who graduated from higher education were nearly twice as likely to have a drink on a daily occurrence then those women who had not been as formally educated. The researchers also found that women from higher education were more likely to admit that they had a drinking problem.

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