Whoa College!!! Let’s have some fun, let loose, cause trouble, throw back a few brewskis without any consequences….WRONG! For many eighteen years olds heading off to college is a time to start making your own decisions especially when it comes to alcohol. A leading research institution from Southern Illinois University, The Core Organization, found male freshmen had 7.6 alcoholic drinks per week while women had 3.8. Staggering numbers often leading to dangerous consequences! Most people warn the hazards of binge drinking being car accidents, increased potential for non-consensual sexual encounters, decreased academic success, increasing rates of injuries, and looking dumb in front of potential new friends.
But what about the effects of drinking on your weight or health? Did you know alcohol is FULL OF EMPTY CALORIES because the human body does not burn this form of calories for energy and just stores the calories as fat? Did you know one 12oz can of regular beer has 150 calories, light beer 110, one 5oz serving of wine 100, and one 1.5oz serving of hard liquor has 95?
*DON’T FORGET TO MULITPLE THESE NUMBERS BY THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DRINKS YOU CONSUME TO DETERMINE HOW MANY ALCOHOL CALORIES YOU’RE REALLY DRINKING*
PLUS don’t forget the alcohol you drink during beer pong, flip cup, quarters or other “fun filled” drinking games in your total consumption or the alcohol college students love to “pregame” with!
So now that I have you convinced binge drinking can actually help you pack on the pounds here’s some tips on how to avoid falling into the trapping of drinking too much and consuming too many alcohol calories!
1) NEVER EVER SKIP A MEAL BEFORE DRINKING. Being full and satisfied from a nutritious well-balanced meal before weekend activities can prevent excess drinking. Or when someone offers you a beer at a party just say “Not right now thanks! I ate too much at dinner”
2) CARRY KEYS AND SAY YOU’RE DRIVING. Sure you’re worried about looking like a loser at the frat party if you turn down a beer or two but just tell the party hosts you’re driving. NO ONE SHOULD EVER MAKE YOU FEEL GUILTY FOR BEING RESPONSIBLE.
3) CARRY A WATER BOTTLE AND SAY YOU BROUGHT YOUR OWN DRINK. Besides, a little extra water intake never hurt anyone.
4) CHALLENGE YOUR BEST FRIEND TO A DANCE OFF. Distracting yourself from the peer pressure of drinking will help you avoid binge drinking.
5) SUGGEST NON-DRINKING ACTIVITES. Drinking gets old real quick so why not take a break one night and suggest a trip to the movies or mall or arcade!
6) SAY YOU’RE PLAYING A SPORTING EVENT THE NEXT DAY. Especially boys, your peers will value the dedication you’re placing on athletic success
7) STAND BY YOUR DECISION AND DO NOT COMPROMISE YOUR BELIEFS…IF YOU DON’T DRINK JUST SAY IT!
I know I went away to college as well…saying no to a drink or five at a party or resisting the urge to go get drunk at the local bar is NOT EASY so don’t try the excuse of “you just don’t understand” with me about my ideas and suggestion on how to avoid drinking. But honestly college is four years and good health for the rest of the life is a pretty long time. According to the people who matter college is a time to go find out who you are but that doesn’t mean you need to compromise your health or beliefs about drinking to fit in. PLENTY OF PEOPLE DO NOT DRINK! You will be so much prouder of yourself for avoiding the temptation and extra calories than giving into having a beer.