Safer Party Strategies


Recent campus survey data reveals that many UWM students choose not to drink and that many who do drink do so in a moderate and safe manner and regularly adopt safer drinking strategies. Responsible drinkers are drinkers who make decisions that do not endanger their health, personal safety, or the safety of others.


Strategies for safer drinking include:

  • Understand and set limits before you drink. Think about what you want to get out of the evening and how you can safely go about achieving that purpose. Need some help creating a game plan? Check out this calculator, and remember that size matters.
  • Stretch drinks out over longer periods of time, possibly alternating between nonalcoholic drinks and alcoholic drinks.
  • Avoid consumption of large amounts of alcohol over short periods of time (i.e. taking multiple shots of hard liquor, playing drinking games, doing beer bongs or keg stands, drinking to keep up with your friends, trying to "catch up" with friends who began partying earlier, etc.)
  • Stay away from mixed drinks or punches - if you didn't mix it yourself, you can't know what and how much you are being served.
  • Eat a substantial and balanced meal before drinking.
  • Plan ahead so that you will not be driving after drinking or riding in a car with a driver who has been drinking.
  • Never mix alcohol with other drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  • Avoid the use of alcohol as a way to "cope with" or avoid issues in your life that may be causing you worry or distress.
  • Look out for your fellow students at all times. Make sure that you know how to recognize an emergency situation and are aware of when and how to seek medical help.