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High-risk drinking can cause a host of negative consequences. You can get involved in preventing these issues that include, but are not limited to, drunk driving, sexual assault, alcohol poisoning, injuries, and legal ramifications.

Speak Up for Prevention

As a student, it is beneficial to understand campus policies, even if the institution is not considered a “party” school.

Once at college, you may come to know first-hand the negative impact that high-risk alcohol use can have on quality of life within the campus environment. The “silent majority” of students who do abstain from drinking and drug use, or who drink responsibly, are growing more vocal about their expectations of peers’ behavior — so speak up!

Tips for smart partying include:

Consult your lease for rules around partying in your apartment.

Limit your guests to those you have invited: know your guests!

Provide alcohol free beverages. Have enough alcohol free beverages for all of your guests.

Provide non-salty food at your party. Display this food in areas where guests can see and easily eat it.

Consider your neighbors and watch your noise.

Decide early on if you want to allow the party to extend out of the house onto the porch or into the yard.

Have at least one person who does not drink at the party.

Post a list of taxi numbers or student escort services phone numbers for your guests to get home safely.

Have a plan for maintaining control of the number of guests at your party.

Watch for signs of guests who are intoxicated.

Resources

CDC – Frequently Asked Questions

College Drinking: Changing the Culture

Monitoring the Future (2013)

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had drinking problems.

Go Ask Alice is a health question and answer Internet resource that provides readers with reliable, accurate, accessible, culturally competent information.

Jed Foundation’s Half of Us is a campaign to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues among college students.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world.

Rethinking Drinking:  Alcohol and Your Health helps students explore their drinking habits and how drinking can affect health.

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