Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages Cause Severe Health Complications for Students

four lokoYesterday I went to the liquor store to buy a bottle of wine to celebrate the end of midterms. While I was browsing the aisles, I saw a big aluminum can that looked a lot like an energy drink. Upon further examination, I realized it was an energy drink that also contains 12 percent alcohol. The idea of this combination didn’t appeal to me, and evidently that’s a really good thing.

These new high alcohol, high caffeine drinks are causing some serious health effects for young people. Recently, a 19-year old man arrived at the emergency room of Temple University Hospital. He was suffering a heart attack, something that is highly unexpected for someone his age. After much questioning, he admitted that he’d been drinking these alcoholic energy drinks and it was because of these drinks that he had a heart attack. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Drink Alcohol Wisely to Avoid Getting Too Drunk

alcoholHave you ever noticed how some nights it seems like you can drink all night long and never feel completely plastered? Other nights, it’s two drinks and you are done. Why is this? Does your tolerance just randomly decide to man-up on some nights and show that bottle of tequila who’s boss and then on other nights, does it just decide to lay low? 

Your tolerance does not have a mind of its own, but there is a science to the study of how to drink wisely and not end up sloshed. Keep in mind that the number of drinks you have is not the only factor in this equation.

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