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Talking to a Friend about Alcohol

Talking to your Friends about Drinking  

Some Emory students drink and some students don’t. At Emory, students support each other and look out for each other. Talking about alcohol use with your friends can be intimidating. You don’t want to sound like you are preaching, but you don’t want your friends to get hurt. So what do you do when your friend says they want to get wasted, smashed, or black out? 

Here are some things to consider when going out with that friend

  • Is your friend drinking because they are feeling stressed or sad? There might be something going on that is making them want to drink more.
  • Encourage him/her to eat before you guys go out for the night.
  • Try to make sure he/she doesn’t drive that night.
  • Watch out for them while you are drinking. If you see any signs of alcohol poisoning call for help right away.
  • Don’t leave the party without them.

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Here are some things to consider when talking with that friend about their drinking.

  • If you think your friend may have a problem with their alcohol use there are services at Emory to help both you and your friend in getting the help they need.
  • Before the conversation:

◊Make sure your friend is physically OK.

◊Don’t attempt conversations when your friend is drunk or very hung over.

◊Try to separate the conversation about your concern for the resident’s
  well-being from any conversations about you being angry or annoyed by what

  • Here are some steps that you can take to talk to your friend about their alcohol use:

◊Start the conversation with non-judgmental openers. For example, “What did
  you think about the party last night?” 

◊Bring up your concerns. Tell them that you care about them. 

◊Let them know about the resources on campus available and suggest you guys
  could go together.

  • Sometimes your friend will be receptive to talking about their alcohol use, and sometimes they won’t. You can let your friend know you care about them and that you’re there for them.