While we do not encourage drinking alcohol by any means, we know it is going to happen. Here are some tips to help you and your friends drink safely and make it home in one piece.


Plan a dinner before going out. Alcohol will absorb less quickly if your stomach is full. You are less likely to get drunk right away or vomit on a full stomach. 

Uber or plan a DD. Drunk driving is illegal and extremely dangerous. Don’t do it! If you’re on campus, call Safe Team to take you home. 

Pace yourself! The safest rule is to have one drink per hour. Remember, one “standard” drink contains roughly 14 grams of pure alcohol is found in 12 fl oz of beer or 4.5 fl oz of wine or 1.5 fl oz of 80 proof liquor. In simpler terms, the same amount of alcohol can be found in a bottle of beer, glass of wine, or one shot. Watch your BAC (blood alcohol content)! 

Alternate between water and alcohol. Have a glass of water for every alcoholic drink. 

Watch your drinks.  Never accept random drinks from a stranger or leave a drink unattended or with a stranger. 

Drink water when you get home. It will help decrease your risk of dehydration the next day.

Get active the next day. Help improve any hangover moodiness with some fresh air and exercise at USF Campus Rec or the FIT or WELL. 

Make sure you and your friends review these symptoms and tips before going out. You may not be the one getting sick, but you may have to take care of a friend.

Know the Signs of Alcohol Poisoning:

♦ Mental confusion

♦ Inability to stand upright alone

♦ Difficult to wake up  

♦ Vomiting

♦ Seizures

♦ Slow or irregular breathing — fewer than eight breaths per minute or 10 seconds or more between breaths

♦ Hypothermia, which is often show by blue, pale, or cold skin

How to Handle Alcohol Poisoning:

Call 911. Throwing up or sleeping will not help. Alcohol poisoning can have serious consequences, so get to the hospital ASAP. 

Stay with them. It is not enough to just get someone home safely! Monitor their heart rate and get them water if they can drink it.

Keep them awake and upright. If they are passed out, keep them on their side. If they are on their back and they vomit, they could suffocate.