Alcohol Non-Use at University of New Hampshire
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According to the 2009 UNH student survey:
20% of UNH students do not use alcohol at all on a monthly basis.
31% of UNH students do not use alcohol on a weekly basis.

Learn more about alcohol use at UNH and how to drink in low-risk ways...if you choose to drink!

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  • Non Use …
    At UNH?
    Did you know…According to the 2009 UNH student survey:
    • 20% of UNH students do not use alcohol at all on a monthly basis.
    • 31% of UNH students do not use alcohol on a
    weekly basis.
    For a campus of 12,000 students, that is over 4,000 students who are not drinking during any given week. Which is like filling Stoke Hall 6 times.
  • Whether or not you choose to not drink at all, or are selective about where and when you drink:
    You can be substance free at UNH
  • Common Myths About NOT Drinking
    • I won’t have anything to do.
    • I won’t make/keep any friends.
    • People will pressure me to drink.
    None of these are true, thousands of UNH students don’t drink, or “party” and still have a fun and active social life.
  • Why Not Drink?
    To stay out of trouble
    To stay safe
    To stay in control
    For religious/moral reasons
    Previous bad experiences
    Health reasons
    Medication Interactions
    Family history of Alcoholism
    Whatever your reasons, you make the choice! If it’s good for you, it is the right reason.
  • How to Deal with Others
    • Be consistent. It is easier for people to support you if you
    are consistent with your message and your approach.
    • Be willing and prepared to turn down drinks.
    • If comfortable, share your plan and feelings. People are less
    likely to offer you a drink if they know that you don’t plan on
    drinking.
    • If comfortable, share your thoughts with others. You might
    find that a friend has similar feelings and you speaking up
    may give them the courage to not drink too.
  • Plan Ahead
    • What else is happening on campus?
    • If you are going to a party, bring your own drinks.
    • Speak up. If there is something you would like to see or
    do (on your floor, in your hall, or on campus) let people
    know.
    • Get involved in groups that share your interests.
    • Find friends who are supportive.
  • Remember…whatever your reason, it’s the right reason for you.
    Don’t worry about others. Most won’t notice or care if you don’t drink.
    You don’t need alcohol to have fun.
    You could be a catalyst for change as others notice that you are having a good time without the negative consequences often associated with drinking.
  • How To Have Fun Without Drinking
    • Join a student organization (www.unh.mub.com/sos)
    • Take a class at Campus Recreation (http://campusrec.unh.edu)
    • Join Peer Education (www.unh.edu/health-services)
    • Check out great events at the MUB (www.unhmub.com)
    • Ask your RA to organize a theme party, provided by Health
    Services.
    • Spa and Sleep Party Kits
    • Call 862-3823
    • Check out the events at Campus Ministry
    (www.unh.edu/campusministry)
    • Go to a UNH Athletics game. Go Wildcats!
    • Cook or have dinner with your friends.
    • Go shopping.
    • Go dancing.
    • Watch your favorite TV show.
    • Take some time for you.
    • Go for a walk.
    • Go to a movie with a friend.
    • Play a game.
    • Need ideas? Check out www.unhmub.com/afterhours.
  • Services at UNH
    Office of Health Education and Promotion, Health Services
    Offers counseling, support and education for those concerned about their own or another’s alcohol and/or other drug use.
    Appointments/information: (603) 862-3823 or www.unh.edu/health-services.
    Other Resources
    Counseling Center: (603) 862-2090,www.unhcc.unh.edu
    Have fun without Alcohol: www.unhmub/afterhours/