Dandelion Day is the one-day spring festival at the University of Rochester planned by our Campus Activities Board and UR Concerts. There are a lot of festivities going on such as shows, athletic games, group performances, food trucks, rides, and a headlining concert.

Although there are many fun activities throughout the day which don’t involve alcohol, there are also registered events on the Fraternity Quad which do. While this day can be super enjoyable, it can quickly take a turn of events if you are not adopting safe drinking strategies.

Here are some tips on how to have a fun and healthy Dandelion Day!

  1. Get a good night’s sleep the night before. Preventing this unpleasant outcome begins the night before. This means get some good sleep! Being tired can lead to a higher BAC because it causes one’s liver is less efficient at processing alcohol. Alcohol, as a depressant, will also increase one’s level of tiredness which can increase alcohol’s traditional effects.
  2. Eat beforehand and do so every few hours. Drinking on an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster. Eat complex carbohydrates, protein and fat such as eggs, potatoes and bacon. Eating not only prevents a hangover but slows the absorption of alcohol which allows you to make it through the rest of the day.
  3. Start the day off easy & say no to straight liquor. Drinking beer will help slow down how fast you are drinking. Also be careful with mixed drinks, especially if you do not know what ingredients it contains and how much alcohol is used.
  4. Stay hydrated. When you are drinking, it is very important to stay hydrated! Especially when you get too much sun, you will become more dehydrated. Stay away from soft drinks, coffee or seltzer, those will just make you more thirsty. Make a flavored water to make it easier to stay hydrated. You can infuse your water with different fruits and herbs, which will also give you vitamins to help prevent a hangover!
  5. Pop a multivitamin, not a pain reliever. Drinking alcohol rids you of your Vitamin B nutrients, so you want to make you sure you replenish them in pill form, in Emergen-C or foods rich in Vitamin B such as beans, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, leafy greens, oranges, and whole grains.
  6. Wear sunscreen or a hat! Prevent getting sunburned and you’ll have much more fun.
  7. Travel in pairs just for general safety if you or someone you know is under the influence.
  8. Know your limits. A great way to do this is to tally the number of drinks you’ve had on your hand or write on your phone.
  9. Stay away from drinking games. Or if you partake, make sure that you take a break from them and be mindful of how much you are drinking when you are playing!

In an EMERGENCY: Call MERT (x13) from any campus phone, pick up any blue light phone, or call (585) 275-3333.

by Rebecca Block
Peer Health Advocate
Class of 2018