Having to go back to school is a reality that’s around the corner for most students if it hasn’t happened already. In universities across the country, this means a rise in fraternity and sorority activities, welcome back parties, organization fairs, fall festivals, and much more. It’s fair to say that with so many frequent activities happening on and off campus, alcohol’s going to become a recurring theme one way or another. For inexperienced drinkers or, those who spent the summer relaxing, having so much alcohol at your fingertips so suddenly can be a big change. Below are a few steps to help college students stay safe and get home all in one piece during all of their back to school activities.

Learn The Difference Between Social And Binge Drinking

Social drinking is classified as just that- having a few drinks with friends to go with dinner, or out at a bar, club, party, or any other type of get together. Everyone drinks responsibly and everyone finds a responsible designated driver and gets home safely. However, social drinking can quickly turn to binge drinking if you’re not careful. Binge drinking, which is known as heavy episodic drinking done in a short amount of time with the sole purpose of becoming intoxicated, isn’t necessarily dangerous on its own. But when it becomes so frequent that you can’t seem to stop, you might have a drinking problem. Learn the signs and get help early if you need to.

Be Wise About Your College’s Alcohol Policies

Every college will have its own unique policies regarding alcohol. Most will have rules built in to limit things like binge drinking, alcohol being given to minors, etc. They will also work to educate college students, especially freshman, on drinking risks as well as how to stay safe while drinking. Some colleges even go as far as having a task force to help educate and enforce their policy rules. It’s best to at least be familiar with your college’s policies regarding alcohol, so you’re not out there unintentionally breaking rules. It’s also good to look into these policies because you may even find that your college offers a free sober ride service for those instances where you may need a designated driver across campus! Your school wants happy, safe and healthy students most of all.

Avoid Dangerous Drinking

If it’s your first time drinking, it can be hard to know what’s safe and what’s dangerous to do while you drink. Here are a few suggestions to keep you and those around you safe.

Don’t gulp down your liquor- that only causes you to get intoxicated quicker, without you even knowing it.
If you’re under 21, don’t drink – The consequences of underage drinking aren’t worth it, and could negatively affect your college life if your school finds out.
Don’t drive – Drinking in college is nice because most locations of parties and bars are all located in a small, tight area that you can easily walk to. However, if you are going to be going to a party that requires driving, make sure that you have a sober driver. You should NEVER drive while consuming alcohol.
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