In college, you may find yourself in situations where you will be making decisions about drinking and smoking — at parties, on dates, in your room. It is best to make careful, thoughtful decisions about alcohol, tobacco, and other substances before you drink for the first time, or before you have your first drink at a party or an event.
Most Tulane students make smart decisions about their health when it comes to substance use. Many students on our campus choose not to drink, or if they do, drink responsibly and in moderation.
Choosing to Consume Alcohol
If you choose to consume alcohol, drink slowly to reduce the negative consequences. Here are some strategies other students who drink have found helpful for optimizing the positive effects of alcohol and avoiding negative consequences:
When Not to Drink
Most people know it is important not to drink when you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant but there are also other times when it is best to pass on alcohol. A good rule of thumb for when not to drink is "HALT." HALT stands for feeling Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. We may know to HALT intuitively but it can be easy to forget why HALT is a good idea once the weekend comes.
Finally, many prescription medications require that you do not drink alcohol at all, or only very moderately. For example, some antibiotics and medications for pain (e.g., Vicodin and codeine) must never be used with alcohol. Also, clinicians recommend alcohol be used only very moderately (no more than two drinks per week), if at all, when taking anti-depressants. We recommend that you talk with your medical provider about how much and how frequently you drink so that together you can create plans for safe drinking.
We provide a range of programs and services that address substance use among Tulane students. The aim of our substance abuse prevention programming is to increase self-protective factors and decrease negative consequences related to substance use, increase knowledge related to perceptions of substance use on campus and how they compare to actual use, and promote healthy and safe behaviors that foster overall well-being.