When it comes to drinking alcohol...Less is More!
If you choose to drink…
There are several protective strategies to help you have a safer experience as well as limit potential embarrassing and regrettable behaviors.
1. Always eat before you drink
2. Preset your limit
- Foods high in protein are particularly good choices. Snacking (on non-salty foods) while drinking is also a good tip to try.
3. Pace your drinking
- Before you go out, choose a preset limit on how much you will drink, and stick to it!
4. Make a plan to get home
- Keep track of the number of drinks you are consuming. One or fewer drinks per hour is a good guide. Try to drink water between drinks, too.
6. Avoid drinking games
- Plan how you are getting home before you go out. Here are some great options: A sober Designated Driver; a taxi; Later Gator (http://go-rts.com/images/schedules/fall-spring/latergator.pdf) for free with your UFID (and only $1 without!); Gotcha Ride-UF, which will pick you up for free (866-9-GETGOT, or 866-943-8468!).
7. Always use the buddy system
- They make it hard to stick to your preset limit and ruin the pace of drinking you are trying to stick to.
8. A number to live by
- Always use the buddy system when you go out. Talk ahead of time about how you will check in with each other and how you are getting home (see #4). Always go home with the same people you arrived with.
9. Call 911 for help
- A Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) at or above .08 means that individual is legally incapacitated. That means they are unable to drive, and they cannot consent to sexual activity.
- Call for help IMMEDIATELY if your friend is unconscious, cold, clammy, pale, vomiting while passed out, has bluish skin, or slow and/or irregular breathing!!! Check out UF’s Medical Amnesty Policy.
10. Party on safely!
- If you are hosting or attending a party, check out these tips on having a safe and fun time:
Remember - you don’t have to drink to have fun! Be you, and enjoy your evening without alcohol.