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.
- Never drink and drive
- Never drive while under the influence of other substances
- Use extra caution as a pedestrian if you choose to walk home — walking while under the influence can be dangerous
- Utilize after-hours university transportation options
- Download the Stay in the Blue App for a useful list of local rideshare options
- Review our non-university rideshare safety tips before utilizing local rideshare options
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.