People are going to drink.
Health educators can offer strategies to those who use alcohol which can reduce the risk of negative consequences. Negative consequences include poor school work, athletic impairment, health complications, driving or other major and minor accidents and legal troubles.
Below is a list of some things that people can do to avoid over consumption, drunkeness and other adverse consequences. These strategies can be used by all of us, including mature adults who are attending holiday parties!
- Choose a drink containing less alcohol
- Pace your drinks to 1 or fewer per hour
- Stop drinking at a predetermined time
- Set a limit on how many drinks you’ll have
- Put extra ice in your drink
- Monitor your BAC
- Alternate non-alcoholic beverages
- Avoid drinking games
- Keep track of how many drinks you’ve had
- Avoid trying to “keep up”
- Have a friend let you know what you’ve had enough to drink
- Hold a drink so people stop bothering you about drinking
- Make your own drinks to control the amount of alcohol you have