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  • Eat before drinking & snack while you drink. Bring healthy snacks to share with others. Alcohol on an empty stomach can have unpredictable & unintended effects.
  • Pace yourself. Have no more than 1 alcoholic beverage per hour. Switch between non-alcoholic & alcoholic beverages.
  • Don't combine alcohol & other drugs. It can lead unexpected & dangerous effects.
  • Plan your getaway. Know how, when & with whom you will leave. And bring cash for a cab, just in case.
  • Don't encourage or force anyone to drink.
  • Respect the hosts' guest list and control activities. Don't invite others or let them in through uncontrolled entry points.
  • Make your own drink & keep it in sight. Otherwise you'll have no idea what is in it. Date rape drugs are real and can lead to unwanted sex or sexual assault.
  • Stick to your limit & look out for each other. Check on your friends throughout the night. This can decrease risk of DUI, injury, assault, & rape.
  • When the party is over, leave gracefully and with quiet consideration for neighbors as you go home.
  • Notice and react to changes in the party environment. If there are signs that the party is getting out of control, i.e. majority are drunk, verbal or physical or sexual aggression or harassment going on, overcrowding and spilling outside the residence, lot's of unknown guests, it is time to leave. It may be appropriate to call and notify police before serious harm occurs.

PartySafe@Cal is a program of University Health Services in collaboration with other campus and community organizations.
The mission is to reduce harm associated with drinking in the campus area.
To volunteer or for more information call 510-642-7202 or email