As we get ready to celebrate what is some students’ and alumni’s favorite time of year, it is important to remember some great tips to help keep ourselves and our community safe!
Whether you are participating in the Homecoming parade on Friday or tailgating and going to the football game on Saturday, you will most likely find yourself in a lively and festive atmosphere. There will be many situations that involve alcohol consumption or maybe even drug use.
Below are some handy tips that can help you have fun while still making responsible decisions to protect yourself and others.
10 Responsible Drinking Strategies
- Stay with the same group of friends (people you actually know) the entire time while drinking.
- Use a designated driver. Never get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence.
- Make sure you eat before and/or during drinking.
- Set a limit to how many drinks you will consume and stick with it. If you need help with that, download the iDrinkSmarter App from the App Store which will send you push notifications every 15-60 minutes (you decide how often) to remind you to check in.
- Avoid drinking games that could encourage binge drinking (5+ drinks for males, 4+ drinks for females).
- Stick with only one type of alcohol.
- Have a friend let you know when you’ve had enough.
- Alternate non-alcoholic beverages with alcoholic beverage (i.e. drink water in between drinks with alcohol).
- Pace your drinking (rule of thumb-1 drink per hour).
- Never leave your drink unattended or accept drinks from strangers.
General Safety Tips
- Have a plan. Know where you’re going and what you’re doing ahead of time.
- Have reliable transportation or a plan to get from A to B.
- Don’t wander off by yourself.
- Look up and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Don’t walk with your head down looking at your phone
- Notice street names, parking signs, and landmarks and be able to recall them in case you get lost.
- If you are being followed, cross the street, change direction, or go to a place where others are present.
- Keep identification on you at all times. Campus ID’s are great but they don’t have much information on them. If you have a driver’s license or state ID, carry that you as well.
- Secure valuables out of site when leaving your vehicle unattended.
- Limit the amount of cash you are carrying with you.
- Don’t allow others in your apartment or residence hall that you do not know.
- Lock your doors and windows to your residence and vehicle at all times.
Have a great, and safe, Homecoming weekend and go Hoosiers!