University Life Café

The Bookshelf → Party Smart

Preview Points

  • Partying smart means partying safe.
  • Plan ahead for a sober driver.
  • Don’t accept a drink from someone you don’t know and trust.
  • Eat a full meal before you drink.
  • Drink sparingly.
  • You may choose not to drink at all.


  • Make your own measured drinks from your own bottle.
  • Do not accept a drink from a punch bowl or open container.
  • For a safe ride home, always designate a “sober” driver.
  • Never accept a drink from someone you don’t know and trust.
  • Always eat a full meal before you drink.
  • If needed, call K-State’s Saferide at 539-0480 for a free ride home.
  • Avoid participating in drinking games.
  • Set a “party safe” limit for how many drinks you are going to have, and stick to your decision.
  • Be cautious when drinking if you’re hungry, angry, lonely, or tired (H.A.L.T.).
  • Only consume alcohol from bottles or cans that you open yourself.
  • Never leave your drink unattended. If you leave your drink unattended, get a new one (and discard the old).
  • Don’t drink anything that has an unusual taste or appearance (salty taste, excessive foam, or unexplained residue, etc.).
  • If your date or “friend” offers to get you a drink, accompany him or her, and watch the bartender make your drink.
  • Party in groups. Never leave without accounting for each other, and always pre-plan a safe ride home.
  • Remember, saying ‘no’ is absolutely fine. A lot of folks choose not to drink alcoholic beverages. Approximately 18 percent of K-State students do not drink alcoholic beverages.
  • If you suspect that someone has consumed a tampered drink or a sedative-like substance, call immediately for an ambulance, or take the person to a hospital emergency room.


Concluding Points

  • If you’re going to party and drink, do so responsibly with a group of supportive friends.
  • Stay alert during a party. Be clear of what you’re ingesting.
  • Avoid over-indulgence in drinking.

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