Safe Alcohol Use

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Alcohol Education

One way to monitor your alcohol consumption is to count the amount of alcohol you are drinking.  In order to do this you have to know a little bit about measurements and what amount of alcohol goes into a standard drink.

Your blood alcohol level will increase if you have more than one standard drink per hour

Monitor your consumption of alcohol by counting standard
drinks. Remember that, as a general rule, your BAC will
increase if you consume more than one standard drink per

• Drinking no more than 2 drinks on any occasion r.educes your risk of alcohol related disease
• Drinking no more than four standard drinks on any occasion reduces your risk of alcohol related injury
• When a person is pregnant or breast feeding they are not advised to drink any alcohol.

  • Teens and those age 15-21 should avoid alcohol for as long as possible. Strategies you can choose to help moderate and/ or control your drinking.
  •  Plan ahead, make a plan and choose to stick to the guidelines.
  •  Keep very little or no alcohol in your house
  • Familiarize yourself with standard drink measures and when possible pour your own drink.
  • Have alcohol free days where you don’t consume any alcohol at all that day
  •  Eat before or while you are drinking. Food in the stomach slows the rate that alcohol is absorbed into the blood stream.
  • Keep an eye on the time – remember when you started drinking.
  • Be assertive – don’t let others pressure you into drinking more than you usually drink or more than you want to drink.  Practice refusal strategies (see examples of refusal strategies for alcohol and drugs.)
  • Try having a non-alcoholic drink every second or third drink to slow your alcohol consumption.
  • Drink slowly, take small sips and put your glass down between sips.
  • Don’t let others ‘top up’ your glass when it is half full, because you will not be able to keep track of alcohol consumption.
  • Pay attention to why you are drinking.  Try not to drink at people or drink because you are angry or sad.  This often ends badly.  
  • Avoid situations that trigger urges to drink (if you are trying to abstain) such as Monday night football.
  • Develop a support system- Harm Reduction Buddy.  Friends trying to accomplish similar goals.  (Examples:  Meditation techniques/ avoidance strategies/)
  • Reward yourself – Don’t beat yourself up