It Takes More than Luck to Celebrate Safely

St. Patrick's Day Safety Tips University of Michigan's Division of Public Safety and Security

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, we’d like to ensure everyone celebrates responsibly. Use these tips as a guide to help you safely navigate this year’s festivities.

Have a plan for getting home safely

If you’re planning on going to a bar or attending a private party, ensure everyone in your group has a safe plan for 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. Whether you’re driving or just crossing the street on foot, keep your awareness levels high.

Use the buddy system

Plan ahead by pairing up with a trusted friend or two. Stay together! Look out for the safety of your friends and talk to them about doing the same for you.

Eat and stay hydrated

Eat food with plenty of protein and fat before and while drinking. Alternate a non-alcoholic beverage, such as water, with any alcoholic drinks you consume. Eating and drinking water may also 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 slowly or irregularly, call 911 immediately. 

Even if they are not of legal drinking age. High intoxication levels can be deadly. Never assume they will “sleep it off.” Learn more about the medical amnesty law. UHS also offers resources and more information about alcohol emergencies.

If you or someone you know needs help or feels unsafe, report it. Call 911 in an emergency or (734) 763-1131 for non-emergencies.

St. Patrick’s Day Events:

  • UMix – March 11, 9 p.m.-midnight, Michigan Union
  • St. Patrick’s Day Seek & Find – March 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Michigan Union
  • Sober Skate – March 17, 7-8:50 p.m., Yost Ice Arena
  • Pizza & Music – March 17, 7-9 p.m., Michigan Union

Whatever you decide to do, always remember to take care of your fellow Wolverines and exercise good judgment as you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year. Remember, it takes more than luck to get home safely.