Drinking alcohol may be a common social activity, but overdoing it can have very serious consequences. Remember, you don’t have to drink at all – in fact, many students choose not to drink, or to drink moderately. But if you do choose to drink, these tips can help you know your limit and stay on the safe side.

What you can do

Here’s what some U of T students do to minimize the risks related to alcohol:

  1. Alternate non-alcoholic with alcoholic beverages.
  2. Keep track of how many drinks you have.
  3. Decide in advance not to exceed a set number of drinks.
  4. Eat before and/or during drinking.
  5. Have a friend let you know when they’ve had enough.
  6. Pace drinks to one or fewer an hour.
  7. Avoid drinking games.

What if someone needs my help?

Learn the signs of alcohol poisoning:

  1. Unresponsiveness.
  2. Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin tone.
  3. Slow (less than 8/minute) and/or irregular breathing.
  4. Vomiting while passed out; not waking up after vomiting.

Call 911 immediately for medical attention!