There’s absolutely no good that can come from drinking too much alcohol. You can injure yourself or others, get in trouble with the law, start fights or become violent, and take part in unplanned—and unprotected—sexual activity. You also can miss class or work, which will affect your grades or ability to keep a job.

We hope you will make wise choices about alcohol, and we are committed to making sure you have the information you need to make informed decisions. If you choose to drink alcohol, know this: You are breaking the law if you are under age 21 and can be arrested, fined, and face university discipline.

If you still choose to drink alcohol, consider the following precautions:

  • Avoid drinking games, beer bongs, funnel drinks, and shots.
  • Drink slowly—no more than one alcoholic drink per hour—and eat a full meal before drinking. Do not drink on an empty stomach.
  • Alternate alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages.
  • Do not mix alcohol with other drugs, either prescription medications or illegal drugs.
  • Know your limit and stick to it.
  • Know what you are drinking and where it came from.
  • Keep your drink with you and be aware that date-rape drugs can be added to drinks without your knowledge.