This is the time of year for celebrating a lot of things: graduating college, Christmas, the end of the year and starting anew.
Here's a checklist to get the good times rolling and still stay safe!
...and remember, if you are under the age of 21 it is illegal to consume alcoholic beverages. Don't be in a hurry to grow up...you'll have the rest of your life to drink a beer with your buddies or enjoy a glass of wine.
Before the partying begins:
- Eat a full meal. Eating a full meal loaded with protein helps to slow down the absortion rate of alcohol.
- If driving - arrange a safe ride to and from your destination. Don't let yourself or your friends get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol.
- Designate a driver or walker so that you have a sober individual to help you and your friends get around safely.
When the fun is winding down or the partying is coming to an end:
- Watch out for your intoxicated friends. If any of your friends show even one sign of alcohol poisoning, call 911 immediately and get them the help they need.
- Make sure you and your friends have a safe ride home.
- Leave with the friends you went out with.
- If your friends are too intoxicated:
- Call 911 if they have one or more signs of alcohol poisoning.
- Lay your friend on his or her side to prevent choking.
- Drink water to counteract dehydration and to reduce feeling hung-over the next day.