What are Protective Behaviors?
Protective behaviors are harm-reduction techniques that students can use to ensure everyones' safety. Here are some practical and proactive action steps that will empower Jayhawks in their decision-making.
Before going out for an event:
- Make sure your cell phone is charged.
- Identify someone who can be your buddy for the duration of the event.
- Plan how you will return home after the event. (ex. SafeRide, SafeBus, a designated driver, or a ridesharing platform)
While out for the event:
- Alternate non-alcoholic beverages with alcoholic beverages.
- Check-in with your buddy regularly.
- Do not exceed more than 4 drinks for the duration of the event.
- Always eat food before drinking alcohol.
- Have your buddy let you know when you have had enough to drink.
- Pace your drinks to about one per hour.
- Stay with the same group of friends for the duration of the event.
- Consume only one type of alcohol.
Manage your Blood Alcohol Content
If you choose to drink, refer to the charts below to maintain a safe Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level.