General Tips for Responsible Drinking and Personal Safety
- Respect another's right not to drink.
- Use the Buddy System: Use the buddy system to ensure that you and your friends stay safe and hold each other accountable.
- Eat before you drink: Eat high-protein foods like cheeses and meats to slow down your body's rate of alcohol absorption.
- Designate a Driver: Plan to have a designated driver or a safe ride home.
- Set a Limit: Set a limit on how many drinks you are going to have when you drink, and stick to it.
- Drink Water: Alternate alcoholic drinks with water.
- Familiarize yourself with local policies and laws.
- Drinking should not be the primary focus of any event.
- Avoid combining alcohol with carbonated beverages that speed up the absorption of alcohol which make you drunker, faster.
- Avoid combining alcohol with medications, drugs, marijuana, or energy drinks, as these can interact harmfully.
- Feeling extremely drunk after starting to drink alcohol is a sign you may have been drugged with rohypnol (roofies) or GHB. These drugs can cause amnesia and unconsciousness for 3 to 8 hours.
- Drink slowly.
- Never leave a drink unattended.
- Remember that alcohol is still the #1 date rape drug.
Party Goer Checklist
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 it's okay to not drink, 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.
- 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 sicker because of different sugar levels between beer, hard alcohol, and wine.
- Avoid drinking games. It’s hard to judge how much you are drinking.
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 immediate help they need.
- Make sure you and your friends have a safe ride home.
- Leave with the friends you came with.
- Drink water to counteract dehydration and to reduce feeling hungover the next day.
Taking Care of Friends
If your friend is too intoxicated, do not let your friend “sleep it off”.
- Call 911, or if you are on-campus, 585-245-5222.
- Lay your friend on their side to prevent choking if they vomit.
- Stay with your friend while waiting for help.
Alcohol and Other Drugs Services
If you are concerned about yourself or a friend, involving alcohol or drugs, consider contacting Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Intervention Services. There is no charge to speak confidentially with a professional staff person about personal issues or concerns about a friend. Call Counseling Services at 585-245-5716 to make an appointment. You can also talk to one of our peer AOD Advocates by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
*One drink is a 12 oz. glass of 5% beer, 5 oz. glass of 12% wine or a 1.5 oz. of 80 proof liquor.