Alcohol at UM

In Manitoba, alcohol consumption is legal for those 18 years of age or older. Alcohol may only be consumed on private property or in licensed areas. At UM, alcohol consumption is only permitted in designated areas on campus, such as The Hub.

Drinking and driving

Drinking and driving is dangerous and it's a crime. Manitoba takes a tough stand against drinking and driving any kind of vehicle, on or off the road. For more information, visit Manitoba’s stance on drinking and driving

Alcohol quick facts

  • Alcohol shortens your attention span for up to 48 hours after drinking, affecting your ability to learn and work effectively, which can eventually lead to poor grades.
  • Drinking may decrease arousal and sexual response, which can impact how much pleasure you experience from sex with a consensual partner.
  • Drinking can also affect athletic performance because it dehydrates you and reduces stamina.

Take action

  • Visit the Addiction Foundation Manitoba community support worker on campus to explore your relationship with alcohol or to discuss help for those you care about
  • Join the U of M student group Students Against Drunk Driving
  • Make a plan before you go out
  • Remember to eat and try to stick to no more than 2 drinks in 3 hours.
  • If you’re offered a drink that you don't see poured, decline.
  • For every drink you consume, have a glass of water
  • Avoid drinking games
  • Keep track of how many drinks you’ve had
  • Have a designated driver, set aside cash for a taxi at the end of the night, or know the bus schedule

Canada's low risk alcohol drinking guidelines

What is a standard drink?
Beer - 341ml (12oz) of 5% alcohol content = 1 drink
Cooler - 341ml (12oz) of 5% alcohol content = 1 drink
Wine - 142ml (5oz) of 12% alcohol content = 1 drink
Hard alcohol - 43ml (1.5oz) of 40% alcohol content = 1 drink

When is zero the limit?

  • While driving a vehicle or using machinery
  • When taking medicine that could potentially interact with alcohol
  • During any kind of dangerous physical activity
  • Living with mental or physical health problems
  • Pregnant or planning to conceive
  • When you're responsible for the safety of others
  • When you're making important decisions

Tips to reduce your risk

  • Limit the amount you drink – every drink increases your risk for injury
  • Eat before and while you drink
    • Eating while drinking slows alcohol absorption
  • Drink alcohol only if you want to drink – don't feel pressured to drink
  • Try to remember that close to 20% of other students don't drink, you're not alone
  • Keep track of the amount of alcohol you consume
    • Checkmarks on a calendar, 3x5 card that fits in your wallet or one of the many drink tracker apps available at the play store or iTunes
  • Avoid triggers
    • If certain people, or activities trigger you to drink, try avoiding those triggers or plan ahead
  • Choose not to drive
    • Arrange for a friend or family member to pick you up.
    • Set aside money for a taxi
    • Take turns being the DD with your friends so that everyone has a safe ride home
    • If you cannot arrange a ride, choose not to drink

Alcohol use resources