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Party Smart

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To drink or not to drink

Tips for if you are thinking about drinking:

  • If you want to drink, determine in advance how many drinks you will have and stick to that numbe
  • Eat before and while drinking
  • Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (that keeps your buzz going)
  • Keep track of how many drinks you are having, and pace your drinking
  • Avoid drinking games
  • Stick with one type of alcohol
  • Agree with a friend beforehand to tell each other when it appears that you’ve had enough
  • Stay with the same people throughout the night
  • Use a designated driver or call a taxi
  • If you want to have a sexual encounter, ask for and receive consent, and use condoms, female condoms and/or dental dams (Know that VT law holds that a person who is cognitively impaired due to the influence of drugs or alcohol is incapable or giving consent!)
  • Never leave your drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) unattended
  • Know the signs of alcohol poisoning.  If you notice someone who is experiencing shortness of breath, excessive vomiting, clammy skin, or cannot be awoken after passing out call 911

Tips for the Partygoer who chooses not to drink

  • Bring your own non-alcoholic drink
  • Stay with the same people throughout the night
  • If you want to have a sexual encounter, ask for and receive consent, and use condoms, female condoms and/or dental dams (Know that VT law holds that a person who is cognitively impaired due to the influence of drugs or alcohol is incapable or giving consent!)
  • If you want to have a sexual encounter use condoms and/or dental dams
  • Never leave your drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) unattended
  • Know the signs of alcohol poisoning.  If you notice someone who is experiencing shortness of breath, excessive vomiting, clammy skin, or cannot be awoken after passing out call 911

 

Last modified March 26 2009 03:27 PM

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