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If you find yourself in need of immediate help, call Emergency Services – 911.

These are examples of situations that you should seek immediate help:

  • Thinking about ending your life or trying to end your life.
  • Feeling scared because you’re experiencing sensations that aren’t real and/or beliefs that can’t possibly be true.
  • Becoming unable to care for yourself, and it’s putting you at risk of serious harm.
  • Experiencing an alcohol or any other drug overdose.
  • Taking a dangerous combination of substances (like medications and alcohol).

You can also

  • call the crisis line at 1-800-784-2433
  • chat online with Kids Help Phone
  • SMS/Text Kids Help Phone by texting CONNECT to 686868, if you would like to stop the conversation text STOP

For other phone, chat or text support options, visit our Get Support section.

Tips for Safer Alcohol Use

Below are some tips to help reduce some of the risks associated with alcohol use.

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Before drinking:

  • Eat and drink water before and while drinking alcohol. Try setting a reminder on your phone.
  • Set a drink limit before you start drinking and stick to it. Know when you’ve had enough and say so. Try the Saying When app (iTunes or Google Play) to help you keep track of your drinks.
  • Be aware of how alcohol affects you.
  • Arrange a safe ride home before you start drinking.
  • Try to reduce the number of times you use alcohol each week. Daybreak is another app you can try if you’re looking to cut down or stop drinking.

While you’re drinking:

  • If you’re playing drinking games, try playing with non-alcoholic drinks. Don’t try to keep up with other drinkers.
  • Top up your own drinks and finish one drink before starting another.
  • Only get in the car with a sober driver – even better, decide who will be the designated driver before you go out.
  • Keep your drink with you at all times. If you do leave your drink unattended or have any doubts about it, make or order a new one.
  • Drink in good company – keep a good friend around.
  • Keep an eye out for each other – if you see a friend becoming too drunk, make sure they drink water, eat food, and stop drinking alcohol. You can also help them avoid being reckless or hurting themselves.

Staying sober when your friends are drinking

Sometimes friends will try to pressure you to drink when you don’t want to. You could use these strategies when telling others why you want to stay sober:

Talk to someone you trust

It can be helpful to talk about what you’re feeling with a friend, family member, teacher, coach or  someone who has been there like a Peer Support worker. Not sure where to start? Check out our Tips for Talking with Someone and 8 Easy Tips for Venting to Friends.

What Next?

For more self-care options check out the Apps & Tools section. Sometimes help from a professional is needed, check out the Get Support section.