If you’re planning on drinking
- Know what a drink is. A 12 oz. beer, a 5 oz. glass of wine and a 1.5 oz. shot of whiskey contain virtually the same amount of pure alcohol. Remember – many drinks contain much more alcohol than that!
- Know your limit. Learn in a safe environment and really pay attention to how you feel and how each drink affects you.
- Eat food before you drink and while you are drinking especially high protein food such as meat, cheese and peanuts. This will help slow (NOT PREVENT) the absorption of alcohol into your body.
- Pace yourself to a drink an hour – your body only eliminates .015% an hour which is about half a drink! Alternating between non-alcoholic beverages is also a good idea.
- This means avoiding chugging contests, beer pong, flip cup and other games that involve fast drinking. If you are going to play use something other than alcohol or have multiple members on a single team.
- Remember that mixed drinks have WAY more alcohol than standard drinks – a long island iced tea is technically 4 standard drinks!
If you’re not drinking
- Volunteer to be the DUDE – Designated Unimpaired Driver Extraordinaire. You usually get free food!
- If you feel uncomfortable being the only “sober” one – take a friend who is also not drinking!
- If you don’t know what to do with your hands hold a solo cup with a non alcoholic beverage in it – no one has to know!
Party Host Etiquette
- Don’t ever let your friends drive after drinking. Take their keys, have them Crash There, have them ride home with someone else, call a cab, or do whatever else is necessary – but don’t let them drive!
- Be a good host by providing entertainment other than heavy drinking.
- Serve food. This de-emphasizes the importance of alcohol and also sends the message that intoxication is not desirable. Push snacks. Make sure that people are eating.
- Have a responsible bartender. If you plan to ask a friend or relative to act as bartender, make sure that person is not a drink pusher who encourages excessive consumption. You have both a moral and a legal responsibility to make sure that none of your guests drink too much.
- Be sure to offer a diversity of attractive non-alcohol drinks, especially for designated drivers.
- Respect someone’s choice not to drink – isn’t nagging and peer pressure more of a party foul
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