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Set some specific goals. You're not as likely to be successful if your goal is just to "drink/smoke less." Have a long-term goal, like lowering your blood pressure, losing weight, getting in better shape, making better grades, or just plain getting healthier. Set some short-term goals that will get you there, like having "no-drink/no-smoke" days. Another great short-term goal is stepping down: try only drinking/smoking a set number of drinks only on a couple days per week. Then move it down to only one day per week. Then move it to only once every other week…….. and then none (if abstinence is your goal).  

Have a plan for dealing with barriers. If you are trying to completely stop using a drug/drink, be realistic. Expect slip-ups. When you have one, think about what led to it. You can use this information to avoid a similar result next time. Don’t be afraid to tell your friendly SARC educator… you’ll only find support and encouragement here.

Get support. Changing habits is usually easier when you get support from someone else. SARC is just such a place. We are friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and keep things private. At the least, tell friends and family what you're trying to do, and ask them to help.

Water is your friend w/alcohol.  Have a large glass of ice water along with every drink. Use the water to quench your thirst as alcohol severely dehydrate all human beings. Furthermore, drinking a glass of water in between will not only cut back on headaches, but also helped to control the overall amount of alcohol consumed.

Do the math (alcohol).  Figure out how much you're spending on alcohol each month. How much is that a year? What might you do with the money you save by cutting back? 

Know your limit (alcohol).  If you decide to drink, figure out when to stop/slow down. We work with students that just can’t believe they did this or that because it’s not in their normal character. 

Eat food while you drink.  Drinking on an empty stomach leads to higher levels of intoxication and also greater liver and heart damage.

Avoid sugary or caffeinated drinks.  Drinking like this leads to worse headaches and other hangover symptoms, greater levels of intoxication, and heavier consumption.

Appoint a designated driver.  Everyone knows this one. Just do it.

Don’t mix drugs – this is quite dangerous. People that mix drugs with alcohol become more intoxicated, have greater risk of overdose, and experience higher levels of impairment; the problem is, this person won’t recognize these states. Furthermore, there is a much greater risk of sexual assault or injury. 

One hour rule.  A person gets rid of alcohol at about one drink per hour. BUT, also be aware alcohol doesn’t start leaving the body until one hour after we stop. That means you are at the highest level of intoxication one hour after you stop drinking. 

Sexual Consent – Remember, consent cannot be given if alcohol has been consumed by either/both parties. 

Know the Law (Weed) – Marijuana is still illegal in the state of Texas. This includes CBD. The stuff your friend may buy from the local shops labeled CBD, can’t be CBD because it is a federal crime to possess or sale it. Who knows what you are really putting into your body. CBD is only accessible in Texas through the Compassionate Care Act; which is very difficult to even qualify for. 

Know the Law (Alcohol) –  In the state of Texas: the definition of a “Motor Vehicle” is anything that gets you from one place to another (cars, bikes, boats, etc). The law actually states it is illegal to drive at 21 years of age if you have a .08 BAC or higher OR if you are impaired. That last part of that sentence means you can have any amount in your system and a police officer can legally write you a DWI if you are “impaired”.