Party time!

Get good tips on how to #KeepItCute.

Follow these six tips to avoid hangovers:

TIP #1: EAT BEFORE YOU DRINK

  • This helps keep your blood alcohol level from spiking and helps prevent blackouts.

TIP #2: CHOOSE YOUR DRINK THOUGHTFULLY

  • Beer has lowest percentage of alcohol, but carbonation speeds absorption.
  • Wine has a higher percentage of alcohol than beer.
  • Liquor has highest percentage of alcohol.

TIP #3: PACE YOUR PARTY

  • Stick with one type of drink, and drink slowly.

TIP #4: SET YOUR LIMIT

  • First decide if it’s a good day to drink.
  • If yes, decide ahead of time how much you’ll drink.

TIP #5: DRINK WATER

  • Stay well-hydrated by drinking a glass of water in between each adult beverage.

TIP #6: FACTOR IN YOUR LIVER AND IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTH

  • Heavy, regular drinking can weaken your immune system and damage your liver.
  • Heavy drinking when taking antiretrovirals may worsen side effects.


Follow these tips to drink more safely:

TIP #1: DON’T WALK ALONE

  • Have a friend by your side when you are out partying. A friend or group of friends can help keep you safe in a bar or club, while you’re walking, or on MUNI.

TIP #2: CHECK WITH A FRIEND

  • Hooking up? Two guts are better than one…a friend can check their gut on someone you might be thinking about hooking up with. Let your friend know where you are going if you leave with someone.

TIP #3: CONTROL YOUR GLASS

  • Don’t let strangers pour or deliver your drinks. Don’t leave your drink unattended. Sadly, people still have stories of others spiking their drink.

TIP #4: PLAN YOUR TRANSPORTATION

  • Avoid driving. It’s a good idea to have a travel buddy for walking or taking the bus. Take a taxi. Sleep on your friend’s couch or floor.

TIP #5: CARRY CONDOMS

  • Just in case – less worrying about STDs the morning after.

TIP #6: AVOID MIXING ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS

  • If you are drinking, avoid downers, benzos, and opiates. These with booze can cause respiratory suppression, overdose, or accidental death.
  • GHB and alcohol do not mix! Gamma hydroxybutyrate—GHB—is a powerful, rapidly-acting central nervous system depressant. When taken as a recreational intoxicant, it can be dangerous when the dose is too high or it is combined with alcohol or some other drugs. When mixed with alcohol, the depressant effects of GHB are enhanced. This can lead to respiratory depression, unconsciousness, coma, and overdose.

TIP #7: AVOID OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICINES

  • Aspirin, acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) and over-the-counter cold/flu medicines can cause liver and kidney damage when combined with alcohol.


Tips to feel better when you’re hungover:

TIP #1: DRINK WATER

  • Replenishing the body’s water supply after a night of drinking combats dehydration, and it also helps dilute the leftover byproducts in the stomach.

TIP #2: EAT BANANAS OR KIWI, AND DRINK SPORTS DRINKS

  • These provide lost electrolytes and help replenish potassium lost to alcohol’s diuretic effects.

TIP #3: DRINK FRUIT JUICE

  • This will help your body get rid of toxins and replenish nutrients depleted from a night of drinking.


 

Find a PDF version of these tips here.