Tips for Safer Alcohol Use
Below are some tips to help reduce some of the risks associated with alcohol use.
- 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 playing drinking games, try playing with non-alcoholic drinks and 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 excessively 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. Some of these strategies can help in justifying staying sober to others:
- Be the designated driver. Your friends will thank you and you will know they got home safely.
- Make or order your own non-alcoholic drinks.
- Tell people you’re taking medication. Many medications should not be combined with alcohol.
- Claim you don’t like the taste of alcohol.
Talk to someone you trust
Whether it’s a friend, family member, teacher, coach or reaching out to someone who has been there like a Peer Support worker, it can be helpful to talk through what you’re feeling. Not sure where to start? Check out our Tips for Talking with Someone and 8 Easy Tips for Venting to Friends.
For more self-care options check out the Apps & Tools section. Sometimes help from a professional is needed, check out the Get Support section.