re:SPONS!BLE drinking tips

  • Do not drink and drive. Plan to have a designated driver or plan to call a taxi.

  • Know your limit: Do not drink to the point of intoxication. Many drinks are more than a standard drink size which means you could be drinking 2 or more servings of alcohol in 1 drink. Counting and measuring alcoholic drinks is the cornerstone of responsible drinking.

  • Make sure to eat something. Foods high in protein such as cheese or peanuts help to slow the absorption of alcohol into the circulatory system

  • Sip your drink. Drink slowly, one drink per hour. Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcholic drinks. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

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  • Drinking when you are in a bad mood (feeling angry, upset, depressed) can intensify the bad mood.

  • Avoid competitive drinking or trying to catch up with someone who started drinking earlier than you.

  • Be aware of the "work hard, play hard" mentality. This thought process can lead you to drink to much too fast. Most negative drinking experiences (falling down, throwing up, blacking out, unwanted sexual situations, etc.) happen because of drinking too much too fast.

  • Women do not process alcohol the same as men. Alcohol tends to effect women quicker than men. Make a plan ahead of time to stay with friends and be safe.   

adapted from Engs, R.C. Alcohol and Other Drugs: Self Responsibility. Tichenor Publishing Company, Bloomington, IN, 1987
office of alcohol and drug education, University of Notre Dame


Alcohol can have beneficial or harmful effects, depending on the amount consumed, age, and other characteristics of the person consuming the alcohol.

  • Moderate alcohol consumption is up to 1 drink per day for women or up to 2 drinks per day for men.

  • Heavy drinking is the consumption of more than 3 drinks on any day or more than 7 per week for women, or more than 4 drinks on any day or more than 14 per week for men.

  • Binge drinking is the consumption within 2 hours of 4 or more drinks for women and 5 or more drinks for men.

People who should not drink alcohol:

  • Individuals who cannot restrict their drinking to moderate levels.

  • Anyone younger than the legal drinking age. Besides being illegal, alcohol consumption increases the risk of health and developmental problems in youth.

  • Women who are pregnant or who may be pregnant. Drinking during pregnancy, especially in the first few months of pregnancy, may result in negative behavioral or neurological consequences in the offspring. No safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy has been established.

  • Individuals taking prescription or over-the-counter medications that can interact with alcohol.

  • Individuals with certain specific medical conditions.

  • Individuals who plan to drive, operate machinery, or take part in other activities that could cause injury or death.

  • Excessive (i.e. heavy, high-risk, or binge) drinking has no benefits, and the hazards of heavy alcohol intake are well known. Excessive drinking increases the risk of cirrhosis of the liver, hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer of the upper gastrointestinal tract and colon, injury, and violence.

Condensed from: DIETARY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICANS, 2010 | Chapter Three, pages 30-31

Bartenders need to know...

  • If you serve alcohol to a "Visibly Intoxicated Person" you are breaking the law! Cost to bartender: up to $500 and 60 days in jail.

  • You have the right to refuse questionable ID's. It is your responsibility. Cost to bartender for accepting a false ID: up to $500-$10,000 and 30 days to 9 months in jail, depending on prior offenses.

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