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Spring Break Alcohol Awareness

Alcohol use in college is prevalent. We use alcohol to celebrate, socialize, relax, relieve stress, and enhance enjoyment. Many of us have consumed alcohol at some point. The Counseling Center Paraprofessionals will be hosting a Tuesday @ 7 workshop to help you learn to drink safely and mindfully over spring break as well as in the future. Come join us in the Illini Union room 407 this Tuesday, March 13th at 7pm to learn more! In the meantime, check out these tips:

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1. Understand the harms of excessive drinking

Drinking excessively can pose serious health and safety risks, including car crashes, drunk-driving arrests, sexual assaults, and injuries. Over the long term, frequent binge drinking can damage the liver and other organs.

2. Know the warning signs of alcohol abuse

There are 10 different signs that show alcohol dependence. Be alert if you are experiencing a few of them. Come to the workshop to learn more!

3. Reduce harm when drinking

Instead of demanding perfect abstinence, a harm reduction approach is useful for anyone who wants to minimize the harm with over-drinking. Some methods include tracking numbers of drinks, scheduling drinking episodes, drinking at home, going out with a friend who you can trust, etc.

4. Recognize alcohol poisoning

Symptoms to look out for are confusion, loss of coordination, vomiting, seizures, irregular or slow breathing (less than eight breaths a minute), blue-tinged or pale skin, low body temperature (hypothermia), stupor (when someone’s conscious but unresponsive), and unconsciousness/passing out.

5. Practice self-care

Many people use alcohol as a way to cope with emotions or relieve stress. But practicing healthy self-care is a better way to improve your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Try to make time for yourself and do things that you enjoy!

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