The month of April is commonly associated with the onset of spring and the home stretch of the spring academic semester. But April is also Alcohol Awareness month, which, since 1987, has aimed to increase awareness and understanding about the dangers of alcohol consumption. While the month doesn’t apply to or target information at any particular demographic, perhaps the population that should take most note of it is college students, especially fraternity or sorority members who often host Greek events such as galas, social get together’s and parties to mark the end of the semester.
So if you’re a member of a Greek chapter, here are some reasons why it’s important to take Alcohol Awareness month – let alone any month – seriously and not overdo it this spring:
You should be partying smart not just because it’s healthy, but because your academic future is tied to it. With exams quickly approaching, you don’t want to party too hard where you’re too hungover or tired to get in the studying you need to pass, do you?
April marks the onset of spring, and spring is often marked by warmer weather. However, in warmer weather, the effect of alcohol is greater and the chances of dehydration are also more likely. So take it easy, especially in warm weather when you’re drinking on an empty stomach so you don’t succumb to dehydration or alcohol poisoning.
Nothing is more important than knowing your drinking limits. With peer pressure and getting caught up in the party scene, it’s often easy to take things too far, which can result in poor decision making and a lack of judgment. So set limits for yourself to ensure that you’re having a good time and can still function appropriately. For many, this may be holding yourself to a two drink maximum. Or to stop drinking at 11 p.m. Or perhaps even to drink glasses of water or eat food in between alcoholic drinks to stay sober.
As part of an organization on campus, you have a status that allows you to set good examples and raise awareness for important causes. So consider launching a campaign around campus that encourages safe partying, responsible drinking and for students to always name a designated driver. As a Greek chapter, you have the power to make a positive difference – don’t be afraid to use it.
Alcohol is a sensitive subject for a lot of people, especially on college campuses where binge drinking and hard partying are more prevalent. That’s part of the purpose behind April’s Alcohol Awareness month – to educate people on the dangers of over consumption and promote safe drinking behavior. So this April, take a moment to think about this and how you and your Greek chapter can help make a difference, either by practicing or preaching safe habits.
Want to learn more about alcohol awareness month? Check out this cool infographic!