But for some reason, a lot of people have the perception that alcohol has to be a part of them all.
Truth is, some people choose to drink and many choose not to drink at all. Whatever you choose, this site is all about keeping it social.
Select a beverage and fill the cup to find out.
Hint: the amount of liquid in “a drink” depends on the amount of “pure” alcohol in the beer, wine or spirit.
It’s the other side of the line – where embarrassing things and worse than embarrassing things could happen. Know the signs:
They’re all dead giveaways that you (or your friends) might have gone over the social line. You should be able to remember all of your night without having to nurse a splitting headache. Way better than having a friend fill you in on how bad your “drunkspeak” or “beer goggles” were.
Alcohol affects brain chemistry and your brain controls mood. It’s not cool when you go from friendly to nasty or happy to a blubbering mess. Bottom line, drinking shouldn’t change your personality.
When you get that invincible feeling like you can tightrope walk between telephone poles, take on some dude who is twice your size, or even drive after a few drinks, it’s the alcohol talking. What it won’t tell you is that you’re flirting with serious injury, suspension or even charges and a criminal record.
If you think a friend might be in trouble, doing nothing is dangerous. The first thing to do is call for help. Here are some things you can do to until help arrives:
Sometimes the only right amount is no amount:
Whether it’s missing classes because of a hangover or bombing a test because studying took a back seat to partying, sliding grades can lead to failing a class, academic probation or flunking out entirely. If you pay more attention to your Blood Alcohol Content than your GPA, you’re probably not keeping it social.
One of the most important things we can do is look out for each other. Watch for signs of confusion, loss of coordination, vomiting, seizures, irregular breathing, blue-tinged skin and unconsciousness. If you spot them, get help. Find a bouncer; call an RA, campus security or 911. Don’t hesitate. You may only get one chance.