Sober up! Making smart decisions when it comes to drinking can literally save your life.
Many accidents could be prevented by planning ahead. Here are some no-brainers:
- Remember, if there’s an emergency, always call 9-1-1 first.
- Don’t drink if you’re under 21.
- Decide on a designated driver before you hit the bars.
- Don’t let your friends walk home alone, even if they say they’re fine. Call a cab (Yellow Cab Co. 812-336-4100 or White Cab Co. 812-334-8294) if you’re too drunk to drive. The Night Owl service is a late-night transportation service that runs from approximately 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. It includes the A, 6, and 9 routes. You can also opt to use Campus Safety Escort service by calling 812-855-SAFE (812-855-7233). This service is available from 8 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. Monday through Thursday as well as Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.
- If your friends are experiencing symptoms of alcohol poisoning (i.e., extreme vomiting, seizures, slow or irregular breathing, blue-tinged skin, low body temp, or unconsciousness), call 9-1-1 immediately. If you’re worried about getting a Minor in Possession (MIP), think about how much worse it would be to watch someone die—consequences you’ll live with for the rest of your life.
- If you or a friend have been sexually assaulted, call the Sexual Assault Crisis Service line at 812-855-8900 for immediate assistance.
Afraid you’ll get in trouble if you call for help? Make sure you read through the medical amnesty policy at Indiana University so you can feel comfortable calling for assistance when you or a friend needs it.
The IU Police Department has compiled a list of helpful resources, including the Division of Student Affairs’s Alcohol/Drug Information Center. Find free self-assessment tests and important information about Blood Alcohol Level and Tolerance at the IU Health Center.