Be SMART on Halloween if you choose to drink

by Sara Waldron on October 24, 2017

Why should I manage my drinking limits on Halloween…

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Be smart and safe in your decisions if you choose to drink on Halloween. If you decide to drink it’s important to pace yourself. It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities, where people may binge drink. Binge-drinking can have lasting effects on your health. It’s vital to be smart about your alcohol use and don’t let your drinking ruin this holiday for yourself or others.

Why does my body react this way?

It’s important to understand how your body responds to certain types of and specific amounts of alcohol. Remember ethanol is a chemical in alcoholic beverages. This chemical is intoxicating and addictive. Health related risks are a significant concern of drinking alcohol, aside from avoiding embarrassing behavior. Young adults who binge-drink are likely to set themselves up for a higher risk of chronic disorders when older, such as substance abuse or high blood pressure. Small changes now can help reduce your chances of alcohol-related problems in the future.

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Tips to Pace Yourself on Halloween if You Choose to Drink

  1. Alternate drinking alcohol and water to prevent going over your limit. Drinking water throughout the night is important to help you stay hydrated. By alternating to drinking water after every drink, you will drink less. If you decide to play drinking games, use water as your beverage during the games.
  2. Eat before and during the party. Remember to eat a meal or snack before and during the party to slow down the feeling of being buzzed. It’s never a good plan to drink on an empty stomach.
  3. Start drinking later than usually. Many people may drink before they head to their Halloween party. Avoid the temptation and wait to have your first drink when you arrive at the party. This will help to pace yourself and you will be happy about this decision the next morning.
  4. Take smaller sips. It’s a good idea to take small sips of your drink throughout the night and don’t chug it. It’s never a good idea to race to finish your drink first.
  5. Set alarms. It can be a good plan to set an hourly alarm to take water breaks or to keep to a limit of one drink per hour. This is a great technique to keep yourself on track and stick to your drink limit.
  6. Drink only standard size servings. Make sure to order a standard size drink in a bottle or a glass of wine. If you are making yourself a drink use a portion measure to make sure it’s really only one drink.

If you choose to drink on Halloween, set safe limits and always designate a sober driver to get everyone home safely. Try following some of these tips to enjoy the holiday and reduce possible negative consequences. To learn more about Outreach Education and the BSU Peer Educators, like the BSU Outreach Education 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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