50% of the students we talked to last year said they drink and 20% said that they binge drink.
Do you know the difference between casual drinking and binge drinking?
Casual drinking is consuming alcohol slowly, without an objective of getting drunk, while binge drinking is consuming a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time to get drunk.
Binge drinking usually corresponds to five or more drinks on a single occasion for males or four or more drinks on a single occasion for females, generally within about two hours.
If you are going to drink, here are the low risk drinking guidelines according to the CCSA:
If you choose to drink:
- Arrange your ride home before you go out. Whether it’s pre- booking a cab, choosing a designated driver or getting someone’s parents to pick you up. Organize it when you’re sober to ensure you get home safely at the end of the night.
- Use the buddy system! When you are going out with friends, make sure everyone pairs up. During the night, you can keep an eye on each other. By having one person to keep an eye on, you may notice more if they are too intoxicated or if they go missing. This way you can get help right away if something goes wrong.
- Pause and take time to think about your actions and before you make a decision. Drinking may cause you to make impulse decisions, which you may regret the next day.
- Drinking games promote binge drinking. What you can do is sub-out or play in moderation. Also, by drinking water in between games, you can be part of the fun while not becoming intoxicated.
Do you know the signs of alcohol overdose and when you should call 911? Here are the common signs that someone is experiences during an alcohol overdose.
- Not responding when spoken to, pinched, shaken or poked
- Can’t stand up
- Doesn’t respond to being woken up
- Slow breathing
- Has purplish, cold or clammy skin
- Has a rapid pulse rate
When you are waiting for the Emergency response team, make sure you roll the person onto their side if they start vomiting, to prevent choking.