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Going to a Party?

Here are some tips on how to keep your night-out more fun and safe!


Remember: 1 drink = ONE 12 oz. beer = ONE 5 oz. glass of wine = ONE 1.25 oz 40% hard alcohol

Before the Party

  • Eat a full meal containing protein to slow down the absorption rate of alcohol.
  • Set a limit for the party and stick to it. Remember: 1 drink = ONE 12 oz. beer = ONE 5 oz. glass of wine = ONE 1.25 oz 40% hard alcohol. It's okay to have just one or two drinks or not to drink at all.
  • Use the buddy system with your friends.
  • Arrange a safe ride to the party and back home or plan to have a Designated Driver.

At the Party

  • Keep an eye on your drink and your surroundings. Dump out your drink and get a new one if you suspect it has been tampered with. Drugs and alcohol do not mix - find out why!
  • Pace yourself and alternate your drinks with water. (It takes your liver about 1 hour to process each alcoholic drink, depending on your size, food consumed and other factors.)
  • Stick with one type of alcohol. Alternating types of alcohol can make you more sick because of different sugar levels between beer, hard alcohol and wine.
  • Avoid drinking games. It’s hard to judge how much you are drinking.
  • Interested in learning how to calculate your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)? Here's how!

After the Party

  • Watch out for your intoxicated friends. If any of your friends show even one sign of alcohol poisoning, call 911 and get them the help they need, don’t let your friend “sleep it off”.
    • If your friends are experiencing symptoms of alcohol poisoning:
      • Call 911 immediately.
      • Lay your friend on his or her side to prevent choking.
      • Stay with your friend while waiting for help.
  • Make sure you and your friends have a safe ride home.
  • Leave with the friends you came with.
  • Drink water to counteract dehydration.
Created by The Division of Student Life and Development with support from the Office of the Provost