Having Fun, Staying Safe

Many Chico students like to go out with friends and have a good time, which may involve alcohol. While most students drink in moderation, sometimes having a great time with friends may turn into a situation involving hangovers, memory loss, physical and sexual violence, and an assortment of preventable negative consequences related to high-risk drinking and drug use.

  • thinking and planning ahead.
  • setting low to moderate drinking and other drug use limits.
  • eliminating unreasonable risks where possible.
  • reducing the number of negative consequences.

What You Can Do

Chico students use a variety of simple techniques to reduce the risk and potential harm associated with drinking. Research shows that the more techniques a person uses, the less likely he or she will experience negative consequences (e.g., hangovers, regret, memory loss, etc.). For example, Chico students can do three or more of the following to reduce alcohol related risks:

  • Choose safe and familiar settings in which to drink.
  • Drink with people you know and trust.
  • Use a designated driver.
  • Set a limit and stick to it.
  • Count your drinks.
  • Know the Recovery Position.
  • Learn how to say "No thanks" and "No more."
  • Avoid all drinking games.
  • Eat something before and while you drink.
  • Alternate alcoholic beverages with non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Avoid drinking while taking medications.
  • Mix your own drinks or know exactly what's in them.
  • Have a plan to get home safely.
  • Pace drinks to one or fewer per hour.

Stanford University - Office of Alcohol Policy and Education