So, you’re at least 21 and legally allowed to drink. Are you drinking responsibly?
What is binge drinking?
Binge drinking is having five or more drinks in two hours (for men) and four or more in two hours (for women) in one sitting. One way to think of it is, if you’re out drinking solely to get drunk, odds are you’re binge drinking.
When you binge drink, you quickly lose your inhibitions and judgment. Simply put, you make stupid decisions, which can lead to a number of detrimental — even deadly — outcomes, including alcohol poisoning, a night of vomiting and/or vomiting the next day, passing out, wetting the bed, a car crash, violence against others, STDs, even unplanned pregnancy.
Binge drinking can also lead to sexual assault — more than 97,000 students between ages 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape each year.*
While many people might consider binge drinking no big deal — to them it’s simply “partying” — they couldn’t be further from the truth. Binge drinking must be taken seriously, because the dangers are real.
*National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Tips for drinking responsibly
Drinking is a social activity, so keep it that way. If you’re 21 or older, use these tips to keep your unforgettable nights from becoming completely forgotten.
- Eat food.
- Not only will having food in your stomach slow the rate of alcohol absorption, but it can make you feel full, which will encourage slower drinking.
- For every alcoholic beverage, drink a glass of water.
- Not soda and not bubbly water. Hydration is critical for helping to maintain proper brain function.
- Pace yourself.
- Limit your alcohol consumption to no more than one drink per hour. That allows your body to process the alcohol and even tell you when you’re ready to stop.
- Stay cool.
- Okay, we know you’re cool. But your body needs to be as well. Drinking in the heat can make you sweat more, enhancing dehydration.
- Stop and think about what you’re doing.
- Common sense needs to play a part when you’re drinking. You’re still responsible for your own actions.
Funding for this project (SP15607) has been provided by the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).