David Miles Dishes on Drinking

The third week of October is National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness week.

People have to make their own choices when it comes to drinking alcohol.

The following are just some minor safety tips to remember when it comes to drinking alcohol.

1. First and foremost you must remember that in the State of New Jersey the legal age to drink alcohol is 21 years of age.

2. Never drive if you are planning to drink alcohol. Leave your car keys at home. Walking or using public transportation is the most sensible thing. If you drink at a friend’s house you may even arrange to sleep over and leave when you are sober in the morning.

3. It is always a good idea to have a good friend at your side when you participate in drinking alcohol. Having another person at your side is the best way to discourage anyone taking advantage of you.

4. If you are going to drink alcohol, plan to abstain from alcohol when you have important things to do the next day. Your education is the most important thing and you do not want to interfere with your education due to drinking alcohol

5. Alternating alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks can do a lot to help slow down the rate of your alcohol consumption. Follow an alcoholic drink with a non alcoholic drink then an alcoholic one then a non alcoholic and so on.

6. Do not take any alcoholic drinks from anyone other than the bartender. Do not leave any drinks unattended.

7. A new fad has emerged at birthday parties–drinking one shot for each year of your life. This can be fatal. Drinking a large number of shots in rapid succession can lead to alcohol poisoning. Don’t try drinking your age, slow down and enjoy the alcohol. Don’t ask your friends to drink their age either.

8. The idea that coffee will sober you up is a pure myth. The body metabolizes approximately one standard drink per hour until the alcohol is out of your system. Drinking coffee may make you more alert, but it will not make you fit to drive.

Remember that underage drinking is illegal and you can be charged criminally.

While it is your choice, you should always make the wisest and safest choice.

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If you have any questions or concerns about any crime prevention or safety topic or issue, please do not hesitate to contact me.