Ever wake up feeling like you just got hit by a bus after a long night of drinking? You are likely very dehydrated and are craving a coffee or a greasy breakfast. Though this might sound great, it won’t “cure” your hangover. In fact, the only thing that will help is time. Give yourself time to rest and make sure to drink water or drinks with electrolytes, such as sodium or potassium, to nourish your body.
Although drinking might seem fun after a stressful week, it’s usually not worth it when you wake up late on a Sunday with a massive headache and feeling like you can’t study. Not only does alcohol cause these, but alcohol contributes to a host of health problems, such as liver disease, academic problems, sexual assault, and many other types of harmful biological conditions. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 25% of college students report academic problems from drinking, such as class absence, poor exam grades, and generally lower grades. Additionally, 599,000 students between 18 and 14 experience unintentional injuries from harmful drinking behavior.
Drinking in moderate amounts can make you feel less stressed or happier, but there are better ways to reduce stress than drinking copious amount of alcohol. For example, you can talk to a friend, go for a run, or get off campus to experience Baltimore. Keep in mind that drinking isn’t necessarily a sustainable way to reduce stress or have fun! It’s extremely important to be careful and know when to stop drinking, or know when you are in the “blue zone.”