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9.03.2010

Weekend Sip Tip

9.03.2010
When the alcohol gets to flowing, the hormones can get to raging. Suddenly, people may start looking better, pick-up lines sound less cheesy, and good judgment gets a bit hazy. Through the first few weeks of school, you will likely encounter a range of fellow students that peak your interest when it comes to attraction. While alcohol has it's social benefits, it can also lead to regrets. Fortunately, a report from ASU found that friends don't let friends hook-up drunk. Through several party scenarios, students were asked to anonymously decide what their reactions would be if a friend was drunk and attempting to leave a party to go back to someone's place. Three-quarters of those surveyed chose either the low-risk (get friend home safely) or moderate-risk (try to persuade against it) option. The decision was based less on how drunk the friend was, but more on the level of friendship. Good friends tend to look out for each other to protect against regretful or dangerous situations. Sure, you may find the occasional friend egging on the hook-up, but the majority tend to be protective. It's not a cock-block, it's just being a good friend! Because Freshmen may not have those deep friendship bonds yet, they are at a higher-risk of not receiving support. Protect yourself by pacing your drinks (one an hour) to avoid making unsafe or unwanted decisions. Stay with your friends and leave no woman or man behind unless they coherently give consent. Alcohol and sex often go hand-in-hand, but the results aren't always the most fulfilling anyway. Look out for friends, look out for yourself, and Stop@Buzzed!

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