Once you know better, you do better.

We get it. At the end of a tough week, partying seems like the only way to release the stress. And whether it’s obvious or not, our reliance on substances has consequences; consequences for ourselves and within our communities. #14DaysDry challenges us to think about substances like alcohol and find alternative behaviours we can engage in to lead healthier lives.

This year, #14DaysDry is bringing you two weeks of events on campus and in residence, including a mixology class, movie nights, and impaired vision simulations. See the full schedule below! #14DaysDry is a collaboration between Ryerson Housing and Residence Life, Student Life Programs, Student Health and Wellness, Ryerson Security, and Ryerson Athletics, and is supported by Molson.

Events during #14DaysDry 2018: Sunday, February 25 to Sunday, March 10: Details to come!

DRY FIT: Free Group Fitness Classes

Sunday February 25 to Saturday March 10

Ryerson Recreation would like to extend a warm welcome and invitation to all of our students to participate in ANY or ALL of our Group Fitness classes for FREE during #14DaysDry! We want to increase awareness about addiction as well as create a supportive environment for those overcoming their own battles through the important tool of EXERCISE! Come out and learn about the healing powers of exercise in overcoming addiction. Over 40 classes a week to choose from! Click here for full recreation schedule.

#14DaysDry Mixology

SLC Amphitheatre – March 1st 11:00-3:00pm

From Student Life, we want to know if you try making some delicious mixed drinks that are alcohol free? Join us on March 1st from 11:00am-3:00pm at the SLC Amphitheatre where we’ll have all the ingredients you’ll need to create these drinks on your own! Take home our recipe cards so that you can have them anytime you like!

A Sobering View: Impairment Simulation

SLC Amphitheatre – March 1 – 11:00 am-3:00 pm

Security and Emergency Services will be speaking to students about personal safety while drinking. Ryerson Security will be administering sobriety tests using state of the art Fatal Vision Goggles®. Come out and attempt to walk a straight line, pick up objects without falling over, or play catch with one of our security staff.  The unimpeded mind will have a chance to see how the body reacts to alcohol without having cognition impaired!

What’s in a real drink?

POD 60 Lounge – March 2

From Housing & Residence Life and the Ryerson Residence Council. Have you ever poured ‘a drink’ for yourself or someone else? Were you measuring how much alcohol – whether it is spirits, liquor or beer – was going into the glass? Do you eyeball it? Join us for this stop-and-go, short program to measure what your perception of a drink is to reality.

#14DaysDry Open Mic

LIB-72, March 6th from 6:00pm-9:00pm

From Student Life: Are you a singer, rapper, slam poet, or comedian looking to perform? Showcase your talents on stage at our Open Mic! No experience necessary, everyone is welcome  to participate in this judgement free event. In collaboration with Musicians at Ryerson.

Consent Fair

March 5, 12pm-2pm SLC 508

March 6, 9am-12pm SLC 508

How does alcohol affect consent? Not sure when you can consent if you’ve been drinking or using drugs? This activity with demystify the laws and how alcohol and drugs affect consent. March 5th and 6th Consent Comes First is going to be holding a Consent Fair in conjunction with the Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Violence. We will be incorporating resources on consent and intoxication within the Fair as well as creating an accessible e resource on consent and intoxication that can be shared via social media.

Check Yourself, Don’t Wreck Yourself

Gould Street – March 6 – 12:00- 3:00 pm

Come join Health Promotion on Gould Street for some hot chocolate, games and activities surrounding alcohol safety and harm reduction regarding alcohol. The event will be a continuous event/info fair where students can stop at one or all of the table to learn about different subjects and engage with the Health Promotion team. Participants will talk with promoter about their personal drinking habits, and promoter will use those numbers to demonstrate how the stacking effect applies to their habits, and what that means ‘Smoking & Drinking’ The Leave the Pack Behind team will use the CO monitor, and promoter will discuss the link between smoking and drinking.

RU Ready to Party?

POD 60 Lounge – March 7 – 11:00am-1:00 pm

From the office of Student Dispute Resolution, Prevention & Education, this interactive program will engage students to think about how they might navigate challenging situations they may encounter while in space where alcohol and substances are being used.  Students will toss a ping pong ball into various cups to select a scenario to respond to. Students will be asked questions like, “You see a friend drinking more than usual and becoming heavily intoxicated.  How might you check in with them?”, or, “Your friend wants to drive to a house party after smoking marijuana.  How would you talk to them about taking a cab?”. The goal is to engage students in conversation about how they can plan for a safer night out, talk to their peers about problematic behaviors, and resources they can access both on and off campus.

Your Budget: Does Alcohol Fit?

POD 60 Lounge – March 8

From Housing & Residence Life and the Ryerson Residence Council. What are your top 5 expenses as a student? Does alcohol fit within this this budget? Drive-thru this quick program to give you insight on your financial wants vs. needs as a student to bring awareness and influence financial planning as a student.