The Party Scene: Drinking Safely

A few tips to make sure you have a good night out.

Think Ahead
How are you going to get home? Is it Safe? How much am I going to drink tonight? Can I afford it? How good do I need to feel in the morning?

Make conscious choices about drinking before you go out.

Look out for others . . .
Stay with your friends and look out for each other. It's best if someone in the group takes it easy and can keep an eye out for the rest. Don't drink and drive or take part in other risky behaviour. Set some cash aside for a taxi home; sharing can save you money. If you have to walk home, walk with a friend. Going off alone is not a great idea and don't let your friends wander off by themselves either, especially if they are less than with it.

And yourself

Eat. A great night out always begins on a full stomach. Drink lots of water. Drink slowly, go non-alcoholic for the first rounds then alternate between alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks.

Have fun but respect other people's rights
You don't want to disturb anyone else. Just because you're done with exams or assignments and in the mood to party, doesn't mean everyone else is.

Roommates and others have the right to a good night's sleep

And remember!
Drinking alcohol is your choice and you can choose to make it good or bad. Sometimes, less is more. Have a few, feel good, but not out of control. Listen to your body and think about your own limit - and tomorrow morning!

Some choices you might want to make!

• I'll say no when I don't really want a drink (Even if you chose to drink, you don't have to drink at every party or every time you meet friends at a bar.)

• I won't drink out of boredom. If I'm bored I'll go home.

• I'll spend only a set amount of money on drinking and I'll only take that much

• I won't borrow for booze.

• I'll have only ___ drinks.

• I'll switch to pop, juice or water when I reach my limit.

• I won't play drinking games.

• I won't have sex if I'll be drinking more than a few.

• I'll go home at (set a time).

• I won't drive or ride with a driver who has been drinking. (Plan in advance for a safe way to get home)

Last Updated: December 14th, 2004

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