What Freshmen Need To Know About Drinking
Start writing a post
Student Life

What Every College Freshman Needs To Know About Drinking

Drinking is a tradition in college. Read this article before you go out the first night.

92
What Every College Freshman Needs To Know About Drinking
Pexels

To many people, part of the college experience is going out drinking. The first month of college is notorious for hospital visits because of intoxication. You can easily avoid the hospital bills and failing grades by following these tips.

1. 1 beer = 1 glass of wine = 1 shot

Before someone hands you a drink you should understand how much alcohol it contains. Canned beers are usually a safe bet whereas mixed drinks are usually where people get messy. Different liquors have different proofs, which is a measurement of how much alcohol is in the liquor.

A can of Natty Light has a proof of 8 (4% ABV) where Smirnoff is 80 proof (40% ABV). Everclear is 190 proof (95% ABV) which is usually what you'll find in jungle juice.

2. Drink slowly at the pregame or miss the actual game

Everybody loves a good pregame but make sure you can actually make it to the actual party. It takes about 30 minutes to feel the real effect of a drink so if you're slamming shots from the start you're probably going to have a short night and painful morning. Pour yourself a mixed drink and give yourself some time to enjoy it.

3. Eat and drink water before and after you go out

If you know you are going to be ingesting an obscene amount of alcohol try to help your body a little bit by fueling it. At the end of the night, you'll feel more nauseous on an empty stomach than a full one. Order your drunk snacks before you go out so you don't have to wait for them when you get home. Put a glass of water next to your bed and chug it before you pass out for the night.

4. Know the signs of alcohol poisoning

There is a fair chance you or someone you know will have alcohol poisoning at least once. Signs of alcohol poisoning are vomiting, confusion, slow breathing, and unconsciousness. It is not normal to pass out while drinking or being unable to walk home.

If you think someone has alcohol poisoning do not be afraid of calling 911. Most colleges have a Good Samaritan law when it comes to underage drinking. People don't always just sleep it off.

5. Take care of your friends

No one should be walking home from a party when they're drunk. If you're going out with a group you should also be committed to leaving with that group, or tell them you're leaving with someone else. If you notice your friend doing something they shouldn't it's your responsibility to take care of them and keep them safe.

6. Mixing alcohol with drugs

A hard and fast rule is you shouldn't mix hard or psychoactive drugs with alcohol. Enjoy one or the other but not both. If you're someone who enjoys smoking weed and drinking understand how the effects on you changes. You're going to need to drink less to get the same feeling. Booze and weed are both depressants. There is a very fine line between being lit and being too crossfaded.

7. Not everyone drinks during college

Drinking isn't for everyone and that's totally normal. You don't need alcohol to have a good time. If you'd rather be studying on a Friday night or watching Netflix in bed don't feel bad about it. Partying in college isn't everything, but passing your classes is.

Don't pressure people into drinking because you probably don't know (or need to know) why they made that decision. There are a lot of reasons why someone chooses not to drink and they're all valid. Live and let live.

Now, go out and get lit and live to tell the stories over brunch.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

Black Friday is back to being Black Friday

This year, malls are standing up against Black Friday beginning on Thanksgiving. Doors won't be opening until Friday morning.

763
Lifehack

Last week my twitter feed was full of exclamations of how excited people were that our local mall, Westmoreland Mall would be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year. For those who work during the busy holiday days and hours, a celebration was in order. For the die-hard deal finders and shoppers though, they didn’t seem very happy.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

Is Thrift Shopping *Actually* Ethical?

There's been a recent boom in the popularity of vintage style looks and up-cycling thrifted finds to sell at, usually, an outrageous price. Is this ethical? Or does it defeat the whole purpose of thrifting in the first place?

2495
Is Thrift Shopping *Actually* Ethical?

One day, I was scrolling through Twitter and came across a tweet about upper-middle-class class people thrift shopping. I personally was against the up cycling/re-selling trend because I thought it to be greedy. Then, I began to see more and more tweets, and then stated to see ones about those who buy thrifted, name brand items and sell them for what they're actually worth instead of the very low price they got them for.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Holidays With the Family?

Should retail outlets close on holidays so their employees can be with their families?

3124
Pexels

For the past few years, having stores open on Thanksgiving has become a popular trend. The sales have started earlier on the day known as Gray Thursday. Now, the Mall of America has taken a bold stand and is closing its doors on Thanksgiving. They are very excited in giving the day back to their workers so they can spend time with their family.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Black Friday: Explained

Time to question this unofficial corporate holiday.

5608
Flickr/John Henderson

On a personal level, Black Friday has always confused me. Everyone just ate a ton and spent all day with their families—why would we want to go out and vigorously shop, fighting crowds? I totally see why other people want to go do it, but I’ve never quite understood the concept myself. While I’ve been Black Friday shopping once or twice, I don’t get that excited about it unless it’s an opportunity to spend time with family or friends. Don’t get me wrong; I am the queen of bargains. Still, I never seem to have the energy to go out into the jungle of shoppers early the day after Thanksgiving, or even immediately after Thanksgiving dinner. Many people, though—including my loved ones—are enthusiastic about Black Friday shopping, and it seems most other Americans are the same way. So, it’s worth looking at the reasons for this commercially-driven, unofficial American holiday.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

#OptOutside This Black Friday

I am opting to go outside this Black Friday, and I hope you do so as well.

7139
Ross Woodhall

The day after Thanksgiving has always been regarded by many as the beginning of the Christmas season. While not a federal holiday, many people take off work, spend time at home with their families, and enjoy the beginning of the holiday season. This Friday off turned into a prime opportunity to begin the never-ending chore of Christmas shopping. Soon it became one of the busiest shopping days a year, which companies capitalized on by bringing the best deals of the year to this day we know as Black Friday.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments