BEFORE THE PARTY
- Eat a full meal. Eating high protein foods and carbs will slow down the absorption rate so alcohol won’t hit your system all at once.
- Make a plan of how you’re getting to the party and how you’re getting home safely.
- Set a limit on how many drinks you’ll have. Keep track of your drinks by recording it on your phone, arm, or just remembering it in your head.
- Plan on using the buddy system with your friends. By sticking together and leaving together it will help prevent unwanted consequences - unhappy hook ups, citations, injuries, etc.
- Think about whether or not you’re drinking for the right reasons. It’s fun to celebrate a birthday or drink casually with friends, but if you’re drinking to reduce stress, get over a breakup, or release anger, remember that alcohol is a depressant and will only amplify the feelings you already have.
DURING THE PARTY
- Keep an eye on your drink and your surroundings.
- Pace yourself and alternate your drinks with water or any other non-alcoholic beverages. You reach your highest alcohol euphoria (chemicals in your body that increase happiness and contentment) at around .055 BAC.
- It takes your liver about 1 hour to process each alcoholic drink, depending on your size, food consumed, and other factors.
- Don’t mix your drinks. Stick with one type of alcohol. Alternating different types of alcohol will raise and lower the sugar in your bloodstream.
- Be cautious of drinking games. When playing them, it’s hard to judge how much you are drinking and in how long of a time span.
AFTER THE PARTY
- Leave with your friends.
- Drink a lot of water to counteract the dehydration from the alcohol, which can prevent a hangover the next day.
- Make sure you and your friends get home safely.
- Don't leave any of your severely intoxicated friends alone. Their BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) can still rise even if they’ve stopped drinking. Very drunk people need to be monitored.
- Know the signs of alcohol poisoning in case your friend needs help.