Lifestyles Center Blog

MASTERING MONDAY: ALCOHOL

As a new week starts and a weekend ends, must of us wish that we could go back to Friday or Saturday night and not worry about the week to come. As you think about the past weekend, were you safe doing whatever you did, especially if it was going out? Many college kids drink, and since it is legal for some of them to do so, they should safely. As you start your week on Monday and already start planning next weekend, keep these following safety tips in mind.

Watch This

https://youtu.be/QTrqGwj3XpA

In the video, The Try Guys use some good strategies for safe drinking. They keep track of how many drinks they have. It’s easy to lose track of how much you’ve drank and if you do you can easily have too much. They also note that some feel drunk before they are legally drunk, when they can drive. Others feel fine way past the legal limit. This shows that even after a few drinks you should not drink and drive, regardless of your tolerance. The video also flashes facts about alcohol.

Read This

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/07/nyregion/rutgers-bans-fraternity-and-sorority-house-parties-after-students-death.html?_r=0

Do This

We all know how cold it can get here in Oswego, so please dress appropriately for the the weather when going out! Here are some tips on going out when it’s cold:

  1. Invest in a jacket that you wouldn’t mind getting dirty or even losing. You can have some great, cheap finds at a thrift store or pick one up in a clearance section.
  2. Bring gloves that can be easily stored in a pocket or purse.
  3. Don’t walk. Set aside a few dollars to pay for nice, warm transportation.
  4. Wear pants. Ladies, the skirt can stay home when it’s below freezing with a windchill of -20. And guys, same goes for shorts.
  5. Remember that even though alcohol makes you feel warm, it actually does the opposite. It lowers your core body temperature by sending most of your blood to your outer body. Just take it from the Myth Busters, they know.
  6. Recognize the symptoms of being too cold or even hypothermia: shivering, pale skin, blueish lips, occasional stuttering.

Lastly, remember that Oswego has a Good Sam policy. If a friend is in trouble from drinking too much and you have as well, do not hesitate to call for help. You will not get in trouble for helping out a friend in need.

Natalie Sumski, Peer Educator