Harm Reduction Safety

How to make your drinking work for you

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Whilst increasing numbers of young people are choosing not to drink, for lots of students drinking will be a big part of celebrating the end of exams.

You don’t have to have a drinking problem to reflect on your relationship with alcohol. If you drink, have you ever…

  • not made it out after pre drinks?
  • forgotten bits of a night out?
  • said or done things you regret?
  • cancelled plans or skipped uni because of a hangover?

Lots of people who drink will have said ‘yes’ to one or more of the above. If you did too, there are some super-simple tips from Eclypse that can help you fine tune your relationship with alcohol. It’s basic stuff, but it works!

  • Eat before you drink. Having a proper meal before you drink will line your stomach and help ‘soak up’ some alcohol.
  • Drink water. Alcohol makes you dehydrated, which is part of the reason you get a hangover, so drink water or soft drinks before, during and after you drink alcohol.
  • Try switching to a lower alcohol drink. This will mean you’ll be more able to handle your drink. Definitely one to think about if you normally drink spirits at pres.
  • Pace yourself. Alternating between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will give your body more time to process the alcohol and save you a small fortune, especially if you are at a gig or festival.

You can get more advice on how to master your relationship with alcohol, cut down, or quit altogether, if that’s what you want to do:

  • Eclypse Manchester have a tonne of useful resources. They are available to speak to at the Students’ Union every Wednesday.
  • DAPS (Drug and Alcohol Support Group) is a new drug and alcohol peer support group on campus. They are run for students, by students, and aim to provide a place to talk openly about drug and alcohol use, staying safe, and find community. You can find out more on their Instagram here.

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