Loyola University Chicago

Safety Net Coalition

Responsible Drinking...What's That?

Whether it's your first time drinking alcohol or not, it is always a good idea to have a plan going into a night where alcohol may be involved. What are your limits without getting drunk? Do you know how much alcohol is in a drink? Are your friends supportive of your decisions? How will everyone get home safely? If you choose to drink when you go out, remember the Student Promise, remember the Good Sam policy, and follow these quick tips if you or your friends choose to drink:

  • Pace your drinking to 1 drink or less per hour
  • Shy away from shots or drinks with higher alcohol content 
  • Sip your drink; don’t chug or slam a drink, especially by playing drinking games
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the party to stay hydrated and potentially prevent a hangover
  • Keep track of your drink and what you are drinking, if a stranger hands you a drink politely decline
  • If you don't know what is in a drink (like jungle juice) choose something else
  • Set a drink limit and stick to it, keep a count of how much you have had
  • Have friends look out for each other and respect the choice to not drink
  • Use public transportation, never drink and drive
  • Don’t go out alone, stick together (like a wolf pack of Ramblers!)