Many Stanford students like to go out with friends and have a good time, which may involve alcohol. While most students drink in moderation, sometimes a night out can lead to an assortment of preventable negative consequences related to high risk drinking and other substance use.
The NIAAA reports that nationally:
Taking some risks is expected and a normal part of the college experience. Setting a few guidelines will help you and your friends to avoid problems that may have a lasting impact on your life and that of your friends. The goal is to reduce the likelihood of harm to yourself or others by:
Stanford students use a variety of simple techniques to reduce the risk and potential harm associated with drinking. Research shows that the more techniques a person uses, the less likely he or she will experience negative consequences (e.g., hangovers, regret, memory loss, etc.). There are many risk reducing strategies. One easy way to remember a few is through the acronym "MAPP".
Measure: Measure and pour your own drinks whenever possible. This also means counting how many STANDARD drinks you have had.
Alternate: Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Every registered party should have EANABS available.
Pace: As a general rule, 1 alcoholic beverage per hour is a safe bet. More importantly, track your personal BAC to know how you should pace out your drinking. Download our Cheers OAPE app to do this on the go!
Plan: Before you start drinking, make a plan for how you are going to get there and back safely, decide on a designated driver, how much you plan to drink that night etc.
There are many other ways to reduce risk while drinking. Take a look at these below: