Planning to attend a St. Patrick’s Day party this weekend? Check out these tips to help keep yourself and your friends safe.
1. Set a limit before you go out
Alcohol and other substances can affect people differently. This means that your tolerance and limits may look different from those around you. Before you go out, set a limit that feels right for you. Enlist a friend or two to help keep you accountable. It’s also important to remember that you can go at your own pace, regardless of what others are doing.
2. Stay hydrated
Try to eat a snack or meal and drink plenty of water before you start drinking. Staying hydrated throughout the day or night can help you avoid becoming over-intoxicated and suffering from hangovers in the morning. Try switching between water and alcoholic drinks. You can also bring a snack or pick up takeout on your way home if you get hungry.
3. Be aware of overdose risks
Avoid mixing drugs with alcohol, including prescription medications. This can increase your risk of an accidental overdose. It can also increase your chances of passing out, blacking out, feeling sick and doing something you may regret later.
4. Know your no
If you’re done drinking or want to leave a party, here are some strategies you can use:
5. Help prevent 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, we have the opportunity to look out for our friends, speak up about sketchy behaviors and situations and take steps to create a safer community.
6. Call for help
Drinking too much and experimenting with substances can lead to alcohol poisoning or overdoses. Be prepared to call for help if you 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.