Turn Down For What: Drinking For Beginners
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Turn Down For What: Drinking For Beginners

Some helpful tips for safe drinking.

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Turn Down For What: Drinking For Beginners
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We've all been there...the newbies in the group. But don't worry -- it's easier than you think. Here's how to survive your first drinking experiences with little to no casualties!

1. Know what you're drinking.

Don’t be afraid to try new things, but be sure to ask what is in the drink so you can pace your alcohol intake.

2. Pace yourself.

Alcohol is supposed to be sipped, not chugged. Cherish this moment — savor it. But also learn about the amount of alcohol in certain types of drinks.

3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Alcohol strips the water from your body, so a hangover is your body’s reaction to dehydration. Prevent this by drinking water in between alcoholic drinks.

4. Don’t drink on an empty stomach.

When there’s food in your system, the alcohol is absorbed more slowly.

5. Don’t be afraid to say no.

If you don’t want to drink, that is totally fine. Speak up for yourself.

6. Plan ahead.

If you’re going out to drink, assign a designated driver or take a cab or an Uber. Maybe make plans to sleep-over at a friend's house, and have money and your phone charged in case of emergencies. Most importantly, stick with your friend group.
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