If you choose to drink alcohol, reduce your risk by taking these steps:
* Eat a big meal before drinking. The best foods to eat are high in carbohydrates and protein; for example, a burger (veggie, beef, turkey, etc.) and fries, hummus and chips, or a peanut butter sandwich.
* Figure out how you will get home safely before you go out.
* Decide how much you will drink and at what point you will stop drinking before you start. Tell a friend your plan.
* Know your limits and respect them. If you know 5 drinks are too much for you, why not drink fewer (1 to 4) to stay in control and reduce your risk?
One standard drink means:
1 -- 1.5 oz shot of 80 proof liquor OR
1 -- 12 oz. bottle or can of beer OR
1 -- 5 oz. glass of wine
* Understand what you are drinking. Be sure you know what type of alcohol, and how much, is in your drink. Mixed drinks and party punches may have four or more standard drinks per cup. If you don't know what you are drinking, skip it.
* Pace yourself. Remember that our bodies can only process about one standard drink per hour.
* Avoid drinking games that require you to drink a lot in a short amount of time. If you have to play a drinking game, choose games that take longer and don't involve chugging.
* Alternate nonalcoholic drinks (ideally water) with alcoholic drinks to stay hydrated and buy yourself time between drinks.
* The decision how much to drink that night is yours, not your friends'. You make the decisions because you deal with the consequences.
* Talk to your family about any history of abuse and addiction. It's important because that history may influence your drinking choices.
What to do:
What not to do:
Adapted from Ohio University.
Recognizing Alcohol Poisoning
If you think someone may have alcohol poisoning, call 911 immediately.
Safety is Elon University's top priority. Call 911 if you think someone may have alcohol poisoning. The University has a Good Samaritan policy to protect students that need medical help, as well as students that seek help for the student in need. Read about it here.