Katelynn Groh—Hey guys, it’s been a while since I’ve posted last, and I’m sorry for that. I wanted to get this post up before Halloween, unfortunately that just didn’t happen. As some of you may know I’m an RA on campus, and I was on duty for half of the weekend and we just had so much to do that I didn’t have time for anything else. But I still think this post applies as I’m sure many of us woke up Sunday morning (or Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning if you’re a brave soul) a little groggy from the night before. It is inevitable that many college students are going to drink, whether they’re 21 or not. On a college campus, alcohol can be easy to get, and while I am not endorsing underage drinking, it is important for you guys to know what to do and what not to do if you do choose to partake in the party scene. If you’re going to party, be smart about it.
- The number 1 thing NOT to do? Never ever take a drink from a stranger because they could’ve put something in the drink. My mom would preach to me the Dos and Don’ts of drinking and I would roll my eyes and say, “Yes mom, I KNOW!” I thought it would never happen to me, I was smarter than that. Until one weekend I went out to the bars (yes, I’m 21) and accepted a drink from a total stranger. We were talking up at the bar as I was buying a round for the friends I was out with, when all of a sudden he hands me a drink. I was already 2 drinks in, nothing out of the usual for me, but I wasn’t THAT intoxicated, I was at a “good” level. But I accepted the drink because I thought he was being nice. I split the drink with one of my friends and left to go visit a different group of friends that I hadn’t seen in a while. From that point on I do not remember the rest of the night. The amount of drinks that I had should not have caused me to go “blackout drunk.” I thought it was strange, but didn’t think anything of it. I chalked it up to, “I’m a female, I have a low tolerance.” Until I was talking to my friend who I split the drink with. He’s 6’2″ and a bulky dude. He had the same amount of drinks I did and didn’t remember the night either, which is strange because his tolerance is way high. That’s when I realized the guy who gave me the drink probably slipped something into it. It can happen to you. Never take a drink from a stranger, and always keep your hand over your drink. If you leave your drink to go to the bathroom, do not continue to drink it…get a new one.
- Know your limits. I went to Europe this summer on a study abroad trip, and as we all know the legal drinking age there is 18. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that all of us on the trip took advantage of that. The first couple nights we would just stay in the hotel we were at and get drinks at the bar, and I tried keeping up with everyone else. I have a very low tolerance when it comes to alcohol, so I don’t know why I thought trying to keep up with everyone else was a good idea (mainly those who were drinking 2-3 drinks/hour). A couple days into the trip I decided I couldn’t do it anymore. Not that I couldn’t do it, I didn’t want to. Not only was it not healthy for me to keep doing so, who knows what could’ve happened in a foreign country!
- Pace yourself. This goes hand-in-hand with knowing your limits.
- Don’t mix meds and alcohol! Most medications come with the warning, “do not take with alcohol,” however always ask your doctors before drinking something if you are on a certain medication. For example, if you are on antibiotics and drink, the alcohol will “cancel out” the antibiotics and you could end up vomiting profusely.
- Stay hydrated! Have you ever noticed that after a night out you wake up PARCHED, that if you don’t drink 3 gallons of water RIGHT THIS MINUTE you’ll DIE!..? That’s because alcohol dehydrates you. If you want to stay a “good” drunk phase, alternate 1 drink with 1 glass of water.
Hopefully you find these tips helpful! Just be safe and never put yourself in a compromising situation. You don’t want to wake up with regrets the next morning.
Until next time guys 🙂