What is OVAHYPD?

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You want to look good at the end of the night, right?

You want to stay in control, be yourself and don’t want to do anything you’ll regret.

You already know that alcohol won’t help with that, but how do you say ‘no’ to an alcoholic drink when you feel like you want to be a part of the crowd?

And what are the other ways to let yourself go, have a good time with your mates and meet new people?

You also might want to know how to stay safe around alcohol or how it affects your body and mind.

That’s what ovahypd is about, just simple, down-to-earth, practical suggestions and information so you can stay in control around alcohol…and looking good, of course.

Be Yourself!

Friends might offer you a drink, and saying no isn’t always easy. Here are some things you can try:

  • Simply take yourself from a situation; make an excuse and go and do something else.
  • Practice saying no and how you will word the conversation so that when you’re asked by your friends you don’t panic and have to think of an answer straight away.
  • If you feel like you’re being pressured then maybe talking to someone else about the situation could help, this could be an older relative or friend.
Be Safe!

If you find yourself in a situation where’s there’s alcohol, remember:

  • Don’t be alone and always make sure someone knows where you are.
  • Never leave a friend alone.
  • If you’re worried about a friend ask for help, or if it’s really bad call for an ambulance.

If you do have a drink:

  • Drink a small amount, the less the better.
  • Be aware of the different strengths of alcoholic drinks.
  • Drink non-alcoholic drinks at the same time in order to keep your body hydrated.
  • Try not to mix alcoholic drinks with any other substance, even if it’s medication given to you by your doctor.
  • Think about the place where you are drinking, is it safe? Could you get help if you needed it?
  • If you’re a group of friends together, could someone not drink so they could get help if needed?
  • Make sure your mobile phones are charged and you have a signal.

Be Informed!

The brain is still developing until you’re around 18-21 years and some evidence shows this could be up to age 25 years.

Alcohol affects the area in the brain that is responsible for memory and can impact on this. It also affects the brain stem which is responsible for breathing and your heart beating, so if you drink large amounts of alcohol quickly it can impact on your body functions.

Alcohol can affect many parts of the body. It can:

  • reduce feelings of anxiety and shyness which can help you feel more sociable: and
  • give you an exaggeration of whatever mood you’re in when you start drinking.

Alcohol can also lead to a wide range of health problems such as high blood pressure, stroke, liver disease, cancers and put you at risk of falls and other accidents.

There are legal considerations too. If you’re drinking on the street it can be taken off you by the police.

Drinking alcohol might also put you in a vulnerable position.

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