If You Choose to Drink, be S.M.A.R.T!
Set and Know Your Limits
Pace yourself throughout the night.
- It takes your liver about 1 hour to process each alcoholic drink, depending on your size, food consumed and other factors.
- Alternate drinks with water, because alcohol dehydrates you.
- Avoid drinking games. Drinking games encourage you to drink more in a shorter period of time.
- Carbonated beverages can increase your absorption into your blood stream.
- Energy drinks and alcohol can be very dangerous because one is a depressant and one is a stimulant.
- Alternating different types of alcohol will raise and lower the sugar in your bloodstream which can just make you sick.
Blood Alcohol Concentration (B.A.C.) is calculated using standard drink measurements. Standard drink measurements are:
- Beer = 12 oz.
- Malt Liquor = 8-9 oz.
- Wine = 5 oz.
- 80 proof Liquor = 1.5 oz.
How does your B.A.C. affect your body?
- 0.04-0.06: Lower inhibitions.
- 0.07-0.09: Impairment of balance, speech, vision and reaction time.
- 0.13-0.15: Lack of physical control.
- 0.20: Felling dazed, confused or disoriented.
- 0.30: Little comprehension of where you are.
- 0.40 & up: Onset of coma and possible death due to respiratory arrest.
Make a Plan Before
- Go and stay with friends you know.
- Always eat a full meal before you drink.
- Tell someone when you are going to return home.
- Always have a sober buddy in your group.
Appoint a Sober Driver
- If you have been drinking, DO NOT drive.
- Even when you feel like alcohol is not affecting you, you still have B.A.C. and therefore it is illegal and unsafe for you to drive.
- A sober driver is not the least drunk person; a sober driver is the person who has not drank at all!
- There is no way to sober up quickly. Time is the only thing that will sober and individual.
Responsible Means Over 21
- There is nothing responsible about breaking the law. If you are under 21 you should not be drinking.
- There are many things you can do at OSU and in Stillwater for fun that do not include drinking.
- People have different reasons for not drinking, and others should respect that decision.
Think Before You Drink
- Always make your own drinks.
- Don’t drink from a punch bowl.
- Watch your drink at all times.
- Keep your body hydrated. Alcohol dehydrates you. By drinking a glass of water for every alcohol drink you consume, you will keep your body hydrated.
Signs of Alcohol Poisoning:
- Does not respond to being shouted at or poked
- Can’t stand alone
- Can’t wake the person up
- Slow breathing (less than 6 breaths per minute)
- Cool, purplish or flushed skin
- Irregular or slow pulse (less than 40 beats per minute)
- Vomits while passed out
If anyone has these signs of alcohol poisoning, CALL 911 FOR HELP!
- Alcohol lowers your inhabitations. If someone has been consuming alcohol know that they CANNOT give effective consent to any sexual contact.
- Alcohol affects your emotions. Don’t drink if you are hungry, angry, lonely or tired
- Think about the consequences of drinking!