Here at Project Health, we get it: some college students are going to drink. However, we want you to drink safely! There are many ways to make sure that you stay safe if you choose to drink. Remembering to make a plan before you go out, always using a sober driver, and knowing your limit are common rituals when drinking, but there are so many more ways to make sure that you and your friends stay safe.

Remember, not all drinks are created equal! Depending on the type of drink the size of one standard drink varies. Different beverages have different compositions of alcohol. Since the amount of alcohol that is in each standard drink remains the same, the more concentrated the alcohol content is in a beverage the smaller the drink size. So, for example, 12 oz of beer is considered one standard drink while 1.5 oz of liquor is one standard drink.

Make the Call!

The University of Alabama has a Medical Amnesty Policy in place. That means, if you call for another person who needs medical attention who is under the influence of alcohol, you and that student will not get in trouble.

It is an expectation for Alabama students that you call for another person if they need help. To call for help, call UAPD at 205-348-5454.

Remember Your BAC (and what that even is)!

BAC, or Blood Alcohol Content, is a measure of the amount of alcohol in your body. The type of alcohol you drink does not affect your BAC level, but instead is the amount you consume. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, your vision and attention become impaired above a BAC of .02. In addition, if you’re underage, you can be arrested for driving with a BAC of .02, but if you’re overage, the illegal BAC level when operating a vehicle is .08.

BAC affects everyone differently. Some of the factors that affect your Blood Alcohol Content are:

  • Weight
  • Biological Sex
  • Consumption rate (how fast you drink the alcohol)
  • Food in stomach

Pro Tip: Use Protective Behaviors

A protective behavior is something that you do to actively stay safe when drinking alcohol. It is important to use protective behaviors before, during, and after drinking. Here are some tips to make sure you stay safe:

Before

  • Eat lean protein (it stays in your stomach longer)
  • Make a plan to get home
  • Set a predetermined drinking limit and spending limit

During

  • Count your [standard] drinks!
  • Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Stay with your friends
  • Keep your drink with you at all times

After

  • Use a sober driver who has had nothing to drink
  • Hydrate!
  • Eat a snack before you go to sleep

Safe Ride Numbers

Uber and Lyft
Download the apps on your phone!

The University of Alabama
205-348-RIDE
Service Hours: Mon – Fri 6 PM to 6:50AM. Sat – Sun 24hours.

Crimson Ride Downtown Express
Thursday-Saturday 9 p.m.-2 a.m. , running until 3am on Friday night/Saturday mornings!

Sterling Limo Cab
205-242-2689

Yellow Cab of Tuscaloosa
205-331-5016

(Remember to never take a cab alone, and always let another person know when you will be home/when they should expect a call that you have arrived home safely!)

Be Aware of Alcohol Poisoning

Alcohol poisoning occurs after drinking too much too quickly. Anyone suspected of having alcohol poisoning needs immediate help. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning include:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Pale or blue skin

It is important to remember that you should never leave an unconscious person alone, and seeking help could save a life.