Alcohol Awareness

Alcohol, like other drugs, can cause problems depending on how it's used. It can cause injuries, disease, and other negative effects. It's important to know what can happen so it doesn't cause more problems for you.

 

Alcohol Awareness

Stay with friends, drink slowly, and don't mix

  • Stick close to your friends and designate a sober friend who will look after you and the group.
  • Pace yourself by alternating drinks with a glass of water and sipping.
  • Avoid mixing alcohol with illegal drugs or other harmful substances.

Eat often, drink water, and watch your surroundings

  • Always eat before drinking alcohol and avoid drinking alcohol on an empty stomach.
  • Drink a lot of water before you head out, and keep up your hydration during the party.
  • Keep an eye on any drinks you have, alcohol or otherwise, to ensure you know exactly what is in your drink.

Do only what you are comfortable with

  • Whether you want to party with alcohol or sober, your consent in the matter is the most important.
  • Don't feel pressured to keep up with other drinkers or to play drinking games.

Plan your way home

  • Before you head to the party, create a plan for how you will be getting home, whether it is a designated driver, cab, or train. Walking, cycling, or skateboarding are not safe methods for getting home if you are not sober.

Check-in regularly with yourself

  • Keep in touch with your level of intoxication, and slow down or stop drinking when you feel you've had enough.
  • Tell others when you have had enough.

Choose not to drink.

  • Do other activities in the evenings like watch a movie, sports, volunteer, or spend time outdoors.

Know the signs of alcohol overdose

An alcohol overdose can happen when someone drinks too much alcohol, or a takes a combination of drugs and alcohol. It also looks different depending on the person and the amount consumed and substances involved.

  • Constant throwing up (vomiting)
  • Throwing up while passed out
  • Not waking up after throwing up
  • Not responding when being talked to or shouted at
  • Fast heart rate
  • Not responding to efforts trying to wake the person up
  • Not being able to stand up
  • Breathing that is slow and sounds like it's hard for the person to breath
  • Skin that is a blue or purplish
  • Cold, clammy skin

If you think someone is experiencing alcohol poisoning, call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not leave the person alone.

For more information and resources, visit myhealth.alberta.ca.