BE SMART: Drinking Games

by Katie Bogusz on January 9, 2018

Drinking games are games or even contests that involve drinking alcohol, usually as a penalty or in response to a prompt or cue.  Drinking games are also a sure way to consume large amounts of alcohol in a short amount of time.  This can lead to dangerous situations, alcohol poisoning, bad decisions, or a night people wish they could forget.  Try out these BE SMART tips to avoid or reduce the negative consequences of playing drinking games.

How to avoid the Drinking Game:

  • Play non-drinking games.
  • Don’t go to parties that have drinking games.
  • Offer to be the DJ.
  • Make a pact with your friends not to play drinking games.
  • Turn up the music and dance.
  • Mingle with people not playing drinking games.
  • Offer to be the designated driver, or sober buddy.
  • Play video games instead.
  • Be the game MC or judge.
  • Spill your drink on purpose so you have to “leave to get another drink”.
  • Stay away from the gaming area.
  • Drink non-alcoholic drinks if you choose to play.

How to refuse or excuse yourself from drinking games:

  • “Gotta go fix my make-up”
  • “I have to deal with some drinking drama”
  • “I can’t play this round I need some air”
  • “I have to return this phone call”
  • “I’m not good at these games so I’ll sit out”
  • “No thanks, I’m not drinking tonight”
  • “I already met my drink limit”
  • “I have to change my outfit”
  • “I’ll skip this round”
  • “No thanks, I’d rather watch”
  • “No thanks, I’d rather play a non-drinking game”

Convert drinking games to non-drinking games by substituting alcohol with:

  • Water, soft drinks, or juice
  • Candy
  • Snacks: pretzels, chips, crackers, fruit, etc.
  • Poker chips (that you can turn in for prizes!)


BE SMART: Don’t Feel Pressured to play Drinking Games

Drinking games can cause people to consume large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time.  This can cause a lot of dangerous and harmful consequences.  BE SMART, and say no to drinking games by using some of the tips from this article.  Also, be confident when you say no and be happy that you are able to be in control of your decisions!  To learn more about Outreach Education as well as the BSU Peer Educators: like the BSUOutreach page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach.


Tips for Healthy Eating after the Holidays on a Budget

by Sara Waldron on January 2, 2018

How to eat healthy after the Holidays?

The holidays are now over and you may want to start focusing on eating healthy. Don’t try to significantly change your entire diet in one day. Try to think small and take one step at a time to reach your personal goals. As college students we all know how difficult it can be to eat healthy on a tight budget. Most people may think that they can’t afford to eat healthy because it’s too expensive. It may surprise you that it doesn’t have to cost more than buying junk food. Keep reading to learn more about planning ahead and preparation.

How can planning meals help me?

Knowing where to start to eat healthier after the holidays may seem like an impossible task. Take small steps to make it more manageable which will increase your chances of sticking with it. Meal planning is the best way to make meals quick and easy. By planning ahead it’s easy to avoid the last minute grocery store trip when you’re hungry and might make rash decisions. This will also make it easier to save money and time since making one trip to the store with a prepared grocery list will help you avoid the temptation of buying junk food. Remember when you prep your meals to make a large amount so you can separate it into smaller portions to eat throughout the week.

Tips for Eating Healthy after the Holidays on a Budget

    1. Purchase fresh produce when it’s in season. Try adding a piece of produce to your lunch every day. Fresh produce is always great but the cost can add up quickly. Pick your produce options based on sales and what is currently in season.
    2. Drink plenty of water. It’s a cheap, fat-free way to not only hydrate your body but also flush out the toxins in your system. It can also make you feel full quicker so a smaller portion of food will satisfy your hunger.
    3. Look for sales and plan your meals accordingly. Sign up for a savings card if your grocery store offers one. Also, look at the weekly sales before heading to the store so you can plan your meals around what is on sale. This can also add variety to your meals by trying different items.
    4. Stop the mindless munching. While you’re talking with friends around the dinner table or watching a movie, you may find that you keep nibbling. Pay attention to each piece that you are eating to prevent yourself from over eating. Try putting gum or a mint in your mouth or even brushing your teeth to stop the munching.
    5. Increase your fiber intake with whole grains. Beans and whole grains, like quinoa and brown rice are inexpensive and a great way to bulk up meals. They can even be a meal in themselves. An extra bonus is that the whole grains can keep you feeling full longer and may aid in weight loss goals.
    6. Repurpose those leftovers. Many people don’t like leftovers or eating the same meal repeatedly. Consider using the leftovers to make a completely new and delicious meal like a soup or sandwich.


Many people may want to focus on eating healthier after the Holidays. Try following some of those tips to take small steps to eat healthier on a budget and increase the positive impacts on your health. To learn more about Outreach Education and the BSU Peer Educators, like the BSU Outreach page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach, and check out our calendar for upcoming events on the Involvement Network at and search for the BSU Peer Educators.



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Sleep: Yes you do actually need it!

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Tips for Healthy Eating during the Holidays

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Keep Germs Away by Handwashing!

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How much thought do we actually put into properly washing our hands every day?  Most of the time hand washing is a mindless task, something that we automatically do without thinking.  What we need to start doing is thinking about how important it is to make sure we are thoroughly washing our hands to protect […]

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How to help someone you know quit smoking

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Why should I help someone quit smoking? Smoking cigarettes are more than just a bad habit, it’s a serious addiction. Quitting smoking can be one of the toughest challenges a person may face in their life. Someone who feels supported is more likely to quit smoking for good. When someone decides to quit smoking the […]

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