Safe Alcohol Consumption

Alcoholic beverages


Let’s Talk about Drinking 

When you first move into residence, you naturally want to fit in. That means you may feel pressured to drink to make friends. It often feels like everyone is drinking, however, there are a lot of misleading facts when it comes to university students and alcohol consumption. Based on the 2019 National College Health Assessment Data, only about 67% of U of G students drink heavily. And 84% of students at the University of Guelph are drinking once per week or less. Sometimes our perception is not always the reality


When choosing to drink it’s important to remember: 

  • Everyone has their own limits, create a plan, and stick to it!  

  • A standard drink refers to the same amount of alcohol found in different types of drinks. One beer, one glass of wine, and one mixed drink or shot all have the same amount of alcohol in them. All can be equally intoxicating depending on how many you drink at a time. Click here to learn more about standard drink sizes and the recommended amount for both men and women.  

  • If you are using substances, try to stick to just one and do not mix them. 

  • Alternate your alcoholic drinks with water or something non-alcoholic.  

  • Eat something before and while drinking. 

  • Don’t forget to make a plan!  

    • Where are you going?  

    • How are you going to get there and home? 

    • Who are you going with? Remember to stick with your friends. 

    • What time do you want to stop using substances by? 


Download the Safe Gryphon App, and if you run into a problem, we are here to help. Don’t hesitate to access the following resources: 

  • Your front desk and ask for the RA on-call: 519-824-4120

    • North: x58122

    • South: x58123

    • East: x58124

  • First Response Team: 519-840-5000 

  • Campus Safety Office: 519-824-4120

    •  x52000 (emergency)

    • x52245 (non-emergency) 

  • 911 for off-campus emergencies 


This year, you will see members of the Residence Life Staff and Student Wellness Education Team continue to work together to further educate students on safer consumption use. 


If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please reach out to Counselling Services or the Wellness Navigators (call 519-824-4120 x52131 to book an appointment). 


Other resources available to you: 


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