Watch the
Alcohol Risk Reduction Video

Hi Gators and welcome back to the Hut. We’re halfway through the semester want to share the importance of alcohol safety.

A new academic year is an opportunity for you to create new habits, one of which tends to be how alcohol plays a role in your social life. The drinking habits you set during the beginning of the school year can determine your drinking behavior for the rest of the year and beyond. When going out, make it a good night by:

  • Choosing not to drink
  • If you do, drinking in moderation
  • Using risk reduction skills
  • Helping others

It’s okay if you don’t want to drink, you’re not alone! According to the Spring 2020 National College Health Assessment, 24.5% of UF student respondents never used alcohol. Instead of drinking, find fun things to do that don’t involve alcohol. You should especially avoid drinking to cope with negative feelings like sadness, anger, or boredom.

If you do choose to drink, drink in moderation. A “drink” of alcohol is considered 12 oz of beer, 4 oz of wine, and 1.5 oz of liquor. Your body can metabolize roughly 1 drink per hour. Spacing out and pacing yourself at 1 drink per hour or longer and 3 drinks or less in a night will decrease your chances of alcohol poisoning or blacking out.

Along with pacing and spacing your drinks, here are some other ways to be safer when drinking:

  • Water and food before and during your night out
  • Avoid shots and drinking games
  • Have your ways to say no when you need to refuse a drink
  • Have a safe exit strategy when you want to go home (friends, rideshare, etc.)
  • Don’t mix alcohol with other substances, such as cannabis, Rx medications, or ecstasy

With the pandemic this year, your drinking behavior may have changed. You have consumed less alcohol while living at home and bars being closed, so your tolerance now may not be the same as it was in February. If you choose to drink, pace yourself and reduce the amount of alcohol you consume.

If someone is experiencing alcohol poisoning (or if you’re not sure if someone needs medical help), call 911 or campus police for help. Remember, UF has a Medical Amnesty Policy to help students help each other!

Here are some resources if you need help or more information around substance use. GatorWell provides education, online self-checks, and individual appointments for alcohol or cannabis use. Counseling and Wellness Center provides recovery support, individual substance abuse screening, and a “Success Not Excess” student group.

How will you reduce your alcohol risk in the next 30 days? Complete the activity above, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility’s Virtual Bar, to run simulations on how alcohol can impact your Blood Alcohol Concentration.

Stay safe and be well, Gators!