Protective Behaviors


Protective behaviors are what students should be doing to stay safe! Here are some non-judgmental, practical and proactive action steps.

What you should do before going out for the evening:

  • Charge your cell phone
  • Identify a buddy for the duration of the night
  • Plan a safe ride home with your buddy (designated driver, SafeRide, SafeBus)

What you should do while out for the evening:

  • Abstain from drinking
  • Alternate non-alcoholic beverages with alcoholic beverages
  • Avoid drinking games
  • Check in with your buddy regularly
  • Do not exceed more than 4 drinks the entire time
  • Eat before drinking
  • Have a friend let you know when you have had enough
  • Keep tracks of how many drinks consumed
  • Pace drinks to one or fewer per hour
  • Stay with the same group of friends the entire time
  • Stick with only one kind of alcohol
  • Return home with your buddy via designated driver, SafeRide, SafeBus


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