Students who make the decision to consume alcohol during Frosh week should be aware that alcohol effects different people in different ways. Here are a few tips to make sure Frosh stays a safe and fun environment for all:
Count your drinks: It takes one hour to metabolize a drink (12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor). Just because the alcohol doesn’t hit you right away, doesn’t mean it isn’t there!
Buddy system: Make sure you consume alcohol with people you feel safe and comfortable around. It’s best to stick with your Frosh Group! Your Leaders are a great resource if you ever feel you have consumed too much or are not sure if you have consumed too much.
Don’t drink on an empty stomach: Eating before drinking decreases the absorption rate of alcohol.
Your sex is a factor: Alcohol tends to have a stronger effect on females than males due to female’s lower levels of alcohol dehydrogenase, an enzyme that aids in the metabolism of alcohol. Additionally, females have a higher proportion of body fat (which cannot dissolve alcohol) in comparison to males of the same size.
Nicotine: Smoking slows the emptying of your stomach, in turn delaying alcohol absorption. Just because you don’t feel the alcohol right away, doesn’t mean you won’t later!
Tylenol: Alcohol and Tylenol separately can already cause liver failure. Taken together, either during consumption of alcohol or while hungover, can increase risk of liver failure even more.
Benadryl: Mixing an antihistamine with alcohol will cause an increase in drowsiness.