Let’s Talk About Drinking Games

I thought it may be a good idea to talk about drinking games you may encounter if you do decide to drink during the semester and discuss what exactly makes these games “fun,” yet troublesome. I will first preface that all drinking games are deemed infractions in residence life, and I encourage you to look up further details at www.mta.ca/codeofconduct page.

When you drink casually, you are able to regulate not only the amount but the type of alcohol you are consuming. However, while playing drinking games such as “King’s Cup,” you’re more likely focused on the game itself rather than what is being poured into the “King’s Cup.” This could lead to a lack of control and awareness. I’d also like to remind you that if you are suspicious that your drink has been spiked, please make use of the necessary resources: 911, SHARE, South East Sexual Assault Centre and SANE.

We have all heard stories or been part of those stories where someone involved believes that they have received alcohol poisoning. But what really is alcohol poisoning? Unlike the food we eat on a daily basis, alcohol is absorbed quickly by the body and even when you’ve stopped drinking, alcohol is continuously released from your stomach and intestines into your bloodstream. Therefore, at a party where the competitive aspect of a game such as beer pong distracts you from knowing how much you are drinking, it is very easy to get overwhelmed and lost in the excitement. Next thing you know, Brad across the table has knocked down four straight shots and called “island.” This means without really meaning to, you are binge drinking (consuming a significant amount of alcohol within a short time frame / within a short amount of time).

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, suggestions for word of the week or topics you want to hear more about or are interested in volunteering for the Health Matters Society, please email me at [email protected] Until next week, stay positive, stay healthy and stay safe!

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