If someone is so stressed out that having a relaxed evening with alcohol is out of the question, then doing something without alcohol would be the safer option. Often, we find when someone is extremely stressed, it's best to release it in a productive and healthy manner, like talking it out, listening to music, or getting a good workout in.
When alcohol is turned to as the solution, they may find more stress at the end of the night. When the person wakes up the initial stress remains and more problems will have likely developed. Or as a sophomore student from the Duke University study explained, “I don’t binge drink because I like to stay in control of myself—I don’t want to end up in a dangerous or negative situation,”... “My stress levels would increase if I was perpetually hung over.”
If you plan to drink and are also stressed try using at least one of these strategies to "stay in the blue zone" and wake up feeling ready to take on your day.
- Eat a meal before going out, and have some food while you drink.
- Drink water throughout the night. Avoid getting dehydrated.
- Know that it's okay to say "no" when someone offers to buy or bring over a round. If you don't feel comfortable, you can try leaving for the bathroom or ask a friend to get some fresh air with you.
- Stay with your same group the whole time.
- Before going out, call someone to talk about what's causing you stress.