1. You are less likely to be approached about joining peers who are drinking if there’s a “drink” in your hand during social situations. Choose iced tea, a clear soda, or a juice-only cocktail before the party begins and nurse it throughout your evening.
2. If you must drink, do so in a secure setting. Home is probably a better place to enjoy alcohol than a bar you’ve never visited.
3. Don’t drive after drinking. Regardless of how many drinks you had or how much you ate in addition to drinking, avoid getting behind the wheel.
4. If you must drink, have a sober friend you trust nearby at all times for emergency decision making, transportation, and other needs that might arise while you are impaired.
5. Don’t drink around people you don’t know. Drinking impairs your abilities to reason and to protect yourself from harm in unknown company.
6. If you shouldn’t drive, don’t do anything else while or after that requires lots of hand-eye coordination or great cognitive ability. This includes working with tools, piloting bikes or boats, or swimming.
7. No matter how non-impaired someone seems, don’t be a passenger in his or her car unless you know for a fact he or she has not been drinking.
8. Be a good friend. If anyone in your company has been drinking, make sure they have a sober ride home. Call a trusted friend or family member to pick them up and keep them away from the wheel.
Note that the above tips are general guidelines and are not intended to replace the advice or knowledge of a physician or healthcare professional. Seek out expert advice and help if you have questions or concerns about your health.