In a number of longitudinal studies from the University of Texas, researchers found that alcohol use as a coping strategy for stress was a precursor to long-term alcohol use and abuse. It was also found that those who were more inclined to cope by drinking were more likely to exhibit depressive symptoms and drinking problems. If alcohol is a coping method for you or a friend, consider talking to someone at the Counseling Center about it.
If you are thinking about drinking this weekend, keep in mind some safer drinking tips such as, eating before, during, and after drinking, alternating alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and keep track of how much you're consuming. And remember, if you choose to drink to stop@buzzed. You can still feel the euphoric effects you may be looking for without turning into "That Guy" or "That Girl" for the night.