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10 Ways to Party Smart

10 Ways to Party Smart 

Keep Track of Your Drinks: Plan for how much you are going to drink, and stick to it. There are lots of apps that you can use to track your drinks, Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) and alcohol-related caloric intake. 

Take Your Time: Don’t consume large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time.  Aim for drinking one drink per hour. 

Drink Water and Eat: Drink water and eat food before, during and after consuming alcoholic drinks. It can help to control your buzz and rehydrate your body while reducing the risk of a hangover. 

Do You: Don’t try to keep up with others who are drinking more. Do your thing and enjoy the night. Try an alternative like soda with lime if you want to take a break while keeping up appearances. 

Plan Your Rides Ahead of Time: Partying smart means planning safe transportation, and never driving after drinking. Always plan how you will get to and from the spot. Lyft Ride Smart is a smart plan!  

Know Where Your Drink Is and Where It’s Been: Always keep your drink with you and only accept drinks you’ve poured or bought.  

Be Careful When Mixing Alcohol and Drugs: Make informed decisions. If you don’t know how alcohol interacts with a substance, it’s not worth the risk. If you have a new prescription, talk with your doctor or pharmacist about how it will interact with alcohol. 

Keep Your Friends Close: Go out with people you trust and stick together. When it’s time to leave, make sure the entire group is still together. 

Avoid Drinking When You’re Upset: Using alcohol or drugs to deal with unwanted emotions is a slippery slope. There are plenty of positive ways to cope. View a list of support resources here.  

Only Drink When You Really Want To: Not sure if you’re feeling it tonight? Check out something else to do around campus or enjoy a night in. 

Source: Spring 2020 American College Health Association 
National College Health Assessment