While we expect our students to follow applicable laws and policies related to alcohol and other drugs, we understand that some students may still choose to drink or use substances.
Here are some tips you can share with your student to keep them safe at St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
1. Set a limit before going out
Alcohol and other substances can affect people differently. This means that your student’s tolerance and limits may look different from those around them. Encourage your student to set a limit for themselves before they go out. It may also be helpful for them to enlist a friend to help keep them accountable. Remind them to go at their own pace, regardless of what others are doing.
2. Stay hydrated
If your student may choose to drink this weekend, remind them to eat a snack or meal and drink water before they start. It’s also important to stay hydrated throughout the day/night. Encourage your student to switch off between water and alcoholic drinks. They can also bring a snack or pick up takeout on your way if they get hungry.
3. Be aware of overdose risks
Encourage your student to avoid mixing drugs with alcohol, including prescription medications. This can increase their risk of an accidental overdose. It can also increase their chances of passing out, blacking out, feeling sick and doing something they may regret later.
4. Know their no
If your student finds themselves facing peer pressure or uncomfortable situations at a party, help them identify and know their no. Here are some strategies they can use:
5. Preventing sexual assault
The reality is that the majority of sexual assaults are carried out by people we know: friends, acquaintances, classmates, co-workers, partners, exes, neighbors or someone a person may have met online or at a party. As Buffs, our students have the opportunity to look out for their friends, speak up about sketchy behaviors and situations and take steps to create a safer community.
Learn strategies for preventing sexual assault
6. Call for help
Drinking too much and experimenting with substances can lead to alcohol poisoning or accidental overdoses. Make sure your student is prepared to call for help if they notice someone who is:
CU Boulder and Colorado Police have policies in place that can protect students from sanctions when they call 911 in an alcohol- or drug-related emergency.
Learn about the CU Boulder Amnesty Policy Learn about Colorado's 911 Good Samaritan Law