By Emily J., Student Health Ambassador
Thirsty Thursday. Keg stands. Tequila Shots. Solo Cups. Spring break.
Many of us have been enticed by the partying atmosphere that follows the college stereotype. As a senior looking back, I too can admit that I once fell under the spell of the partying atmosphere at BU. Alcohol may produce an intoxicating “buzz” that many students seek in order to enjoy their weekend; however, sometimes the consequences of unsafe drinking produce terrifying effects like vomiting, nausea, dehydration, and headaches. Throughout my four years at BU, I have devised (both the easy way and the hard way) a set of guidelines to follow to keep safe if you decide to indulge in a night of revelry.
Eat something before you drink any sort of alcoholic beverage! Consequences of not following this rule may result in: a headache, nausea, and vomiting.
Go out with a friend and devise a plan for safely getting home.
Be aware of the medications you may be taking and the possible dangers of mixing them with alcohol.
Have a glass of water in between drinks. It will keep you hydrated, help you avoid over-drinking, and lower the risk of a dreaded hangover the next day.
Leave your drink unattended or accept a drink from a stranger.
Drink and drive.
SPREAD THE HEALTH: If you decide to drink this spring break (or anytime for that matter!), use these safer drinking guidelines and avoid risky situations like unattended drinks and drunk driving.
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