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Protective Behaviors

What are Protective Behaviors?

Protective behaviors are what students should be doing to stay safe! Here are some non-judgemental, practical and proactive action steps to empower students in their decisions.

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, Ride Share)

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 track 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, Ride Share

Stay In The Blue

If you choose to drink, refer to the charts below to maintain a safe Blood Alcohol Content (BAC).

Headline: Stay in the Blue! BAC=Blood Alcohol Content. Blue box reads: 0.00-0.06 Coordination and judgement affected. Yellow box reads: 0.07-0.19 Coordination and judgement impaired. Over the legal limit to drive (.08). Red box reads: 0.20-0.35 Coordination and judgement very impaired. Over the legal limit to drive (.08). Footer reads: If you choose to drink, use this BAC chart to drink responsibly.
BAC Chart for Males show approximate blood alcohol content after 3 hours of drinking for body weights ranging from 120-260 pounds.
BAC Chart for Females show approximate blood alcohol content after 3 hours of drinking for body weights ranging from 90-220 pounds.