St. Patrick’s Day Safety Tips

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

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, we want to ensure everyone celebrates responsibly. Use these tips 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. Keep your awareness levels high when driving or crossing the street on foot.

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 of 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 an unconscious or semi-conscious person with a pale or bluish color to their skin or abnormal breathing, call 911 immediately, even if they are not of legal drinking age. Never assume they will “sleep it off,” as high intoxication levels can be deadly.

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 or (734) 763-1131 for non-emergencies.

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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.