Do you know,
- what counts as a drink?
- the signs that alcohol is causing harm?
- how many drinks are in a common container?
- why “being able to hold your liquor” is a concern?
- how much US adults drink – and where you fit?
To find out, visit the Rethinking Drinking webpage, National Institutes of Health
The Domino Strategy
You count everything – calories, carbs, cell phone minutes.
By simply keeping track of how many drinks you’ve had and the alcohol content of those drinks,
you can dramatically decrease your risk for alcohol related problems.
0-1-2 Guidelines on How to Drink Responsibly
0 – No alcohol for people who are:
- • Under 21.
- • Operating any type of vehicle or machinery.
- • Pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
- • Recovering alcoholics or chemically dependent.
- • Using certain medications.
1 – No more than one standard drink* per day for women.
2 – No more than two standard drinks per day for men.
* 1 standard drink = 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of
wine or 1.5 ounces of 80–proof distilled spirits.
The Expectancy Challenge Alcohol Literacy Curriculum (ECALC) presentation was developed for the Substance Use and Research Group at the University of Central Florida. It integrates video and audio clips, Flash animations, minigames, and workbook activities to create an engaging, interactive content delivery system. Take the Alcohol Literacy Challenge!
Alcohol Refusal Skills
Tips on how to be better equipped to refuse alcohol:
- Choose positive friends who don’t need alcohol to have fun.
- Be assertive in turning down the opportunity to drink.
- Make eye contact when turning down an opportunity to drink.
- “I have more positive things in to do in my life.”
- “I don’t need to drink; being sober is a great high.”
- “I would rather hang out at the rec center or student center.”
- Say, “No thanks, I don’t need it.”
- “Sorry, my friends and I have chosen not to drink.”
- “Sorry, I don’t drink.”
- “I am on my way to the gym.”
- “I am saving my money for a new car.”
- “I am allergic to alcohol.”
- “No thank you, I am watching my calorie intake.”
- “Sorry, I am on my way to practice.”
- “Sorry, I have a test to study for.”
- “Sorry, I am not 21.”
- “Sorry, alcohol does not mix with my medication.”
TOP TEN WAYS TO TURN DOWN A DRINK!
- “No, thank you!” (No explanation necessary; your response can be short, sweet and direct).
- “I’ve had enough.” (Again, short, to the point and completely acceptable).
- “Thanks, but I’ve got a ton of work to do later.”
- “I’d rather get a soda, thanks.”
- “I’m allergic to alcohol.”
- “I’m driving tonight.”
- “I have a game/practice tomorrow.”
- “I’m O.K. for now.” (BYOC: Bring your own cup and keep it filled with something other than alcohol).
- “No thanks, I’m taking medication that I cannot drink with.”
- “I’m dieting; alcohol’s got way too many calories.”
TRY SAYING NO WITH A DIFFERENT TWIST:
With an invitation:
Leave the door open for the future, “Not now”.
With a friend:
Plan with a friend beforehand what each of you will or will not do. Stay with the plan and stick together. The decision not to drink then becomes a kind of team decision.
With an exit:
Plan to physically relocate if you feel you are in an uncomfortable situation.
Have a quick one liner ready:
“No thanks, I’m still tired from being up late last night”.
“You know that your problem is? You think too much about others. It’s time you start making yourself and your need’s a top priority”.
- Do you have a problem controlling how much you drink? Take these Self Tests from the University of Notre Dame Counseling Center.
- Check out “The Drink Wheel.” Intoximaters Inc. has a “Drink Wheel” form that you can fill out that when completed will instantly compute your estimated blood/breath alcohol concentration (“BAC”) or blood alcohol content. This simulates the breath alcohol testing done by an Intoximeter Alco-Sensor IV that is used in Law Enforcement and Workplace Testing.
- Alcohol abuse kills 75,000 Americans every year. For the latest alcohol research, studies and statistical data, check out the Alcohol Awareness Council at www.alcohol.org
- The Century Council is a leader in the fight against drunk driving and underage drinking and promotes responsible decision making regarding beverage alcohol. They believe that collective action brings about lasting change. They work with all members of the community – law enforcement, public officials, educators, parents, and students – in the fight against drunk driving and underage drinking. Helpful resources for parents include: “Parents, You’re Not Done Yet.” and “#TALKEARLY about alcohol.”
- The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism includes suggestions on how to cut down on drinking.
- Treatment 4 Addiction is the largest and most frequently updated treatment center directory. The national directory of treatment centers includes the SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) database, as well as many private treatment centers, therapists and addiction professionals. It also provides information on types of treatment, addictions and mental health disorders.