St. Patrick’s Day Safety Tips

As we approach St. Patrick’s Day, we want everyone to celebrate responsibly. Here are some tips to help you safely navigate the festivities this year.

Have a plan for getting home safely

If you’re going out to a bar or party, ensure everyone in your group has a safe means of returning home. Select a designated driver, plot a bus route or arrange a ride. Local law enforcement will be conducting impaired driving patrols in Ann Arbor throughout the weekend. Whether you’re driving or just crossing the street on foot, keep your awareness levels high.

Use the buddy system

Plan ahead by taking a trusted friend who has your best interests in mind. Stay together! Look out for the safety of your friends and talk to them about doing the same for you.

Eat and stay hydrated

Make sure you eat well and stay hydrated throughout the weekend. An effective strategy is to eat food with protein and fat before and during drinking. It also helps to alternate a non-alcoholic beverage, such as water, with any alcoholic drinks you consume. Eating and drinking water also can decrease the likelihood you’ll have a hangover.

Don’t leave your drinks unattended

Even if you are not drinking alcohol, it is easy for someone to put something in your drink unless you see it opened or prepared. Keep your drink with you at all times.

Know the signs of an alcohol emergency

If you notice a person who is unconscious or semi-conscious, has a pale or bluish color to their skin or is breathing irregularly, call 911 immediately. Never assume that a person will sleep it off. UHS offers resources and more information about alcohol emergencies.

By following the tips above, you can help make the weekend more fun and safe for everyone. Be sure to check out the Happening @ Michigan page for all of the festive events hosted by the university this weekend, including Lucky YoUMix and the WolverGREEN Spectacular.

If you or someone you know needs help or feels unsafe, report it. Call 911 in an emergency or 734-763-1131 to reach DPSS.