04 March 2011
Drink at your own pace
eCHUG provides confidential and personalised feedback on your alcohol and tobacco use.
Sometimes uni and TAFE drinking culture can make you feel like everyone is drinking most of the time. But it is normal to choose not to drink, be it for one night or for the rest of your life.
It might seem hard at first, but choosing not to drink can be as easy as just saying ‘No thanks’.
It is OK to be a non-drinker. You have your reasons for not wanting to drink so try and be firm and stick by them. If people are still bothering you to drink, it might be time to find friends and activities that do not revolve around alcohol.
If you do choose to drink, only you know your limits and no-one has the right to pressure you into drinking more than you want to.
Some discreet ideas to help you stop drinking too much include:
- avoid drinking in rounds
- order water at the same time
- leave your last drink full (but never leave it unattended!)
- drink mixers rather than straight spirits
- move away from the drinkers by going for a dance or having a game of pool.
If you want to learn more about your drinking behaviour, visit RMIT eCHUG—an online tool that provides confidential and personalised feedback on your alcohol use.
- Call DirectLine for advice on alcohol and drug use—Freecall 1800 888 236.
- Find a health service near RMIT.
- Speak with a counsellor at RMIT Counselling—free to RMIT students.