The best way to stay sober at college parties is to avoid drinking all alcoholic drinks. First of all, if you’re a student in a state where the lower drinking age limit is 18 or 21, and you haven’t had your 18th or 21st birthday yet, you shouldn’t be drinking at all.
1. Of course, anyone who has attended college parties off campus, the law is ignored all the time. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be aware of the consequences of breaking that law. The worse scenario would be if you were an underage drinker and had an auto accident, the consequences could be much more serious. If you do indulge too much and have your car at the party, ask another guest to drive you home.
2. At an hour or so before you go to the party, eat a healthy meal. That will counteract some of the effects alcoholic drinks could have on an empty stomach. Conversely, if your meal consists of food the stomach needs more time to digest, such as fried and spicy foods, there may be opposite effects. They could include sudden nausea that will require quick and frequent trips to the bathroom.
3. If you’re of age and decide to drink at a college party, limit your alcoholic drinks to just one every half-hour, and keep the total to the moment when you feel sick or confused. Even after one drink, do not attempt to drive.
4. Don’t get yourself dragged into chug-a-lug contests or other group activity that could cause excessive drinking. For those whose systems are acclimated to drinking just one or two alcoholic beverages during four or five hours, a sudden rush of alcohol into your body could have serious consequences. The best way to get through the evening sober is to nurse your drink throughout, and don’t allow anyone to keep filling your glass.
5. If you plan to drink alcoholic drinks at the college party, don’t drive there. Instead, bring a non-drinking buddy as your driver. You’ll have a better chance of getting home safely, and if you indulge too much, you can stretch out in the back seat on your way home.
Staying sober at college parties is not an easy task for the fun-loving young student who may be free of parents for the first time. The temptations will be there, but by using common sense, you can survive the party, get back to your studies and begin planning for the next one.