Safe Partying Tips

Although the perpetrator is always responsible for sexual assault, the reality is the danger is real and protective steps can reduce the risk.

Alcohol and drug use (by the perpetrator, victim or both) are linked to as many as two-thirds of sexual assaults and date rapes among young people. Alcohol use, often exacerbates existing risk factors as it affects both cognitive and motor skills.


Set a limit up front

If you plan to drink alcohol, set a limit for how many alcoholic beverages you are going to have and stick to it.

Keep track of your intake

Keep track of how many drinks you are having.

Pace yourself

Limit your drinks to one or fewer per hour. Alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks (specifically non-carbonated ones, as carbonation speed up alcohols' absorption).

Eat something

Food slows the absorption of alcohol. Snacking will reduce your risk of getting too drunk.

Men and women process alcohol differently

Remember that women process alcohol at a slower rate then men, so women risk greater intoxication with lower alcohol intake.

Consider your physical condition

Be sure to consider your body weight, mood, health, amount of sleep you've had, and the amount of food in your stomach. These all play a role in determining how alcohol will affect you. Avoid drinking if you are on medication.

Alcohol affects your decision-making abilities.

Be cautious of getting into sexual situations when you've been drinking. Alcohol may lead you into sexual situations you might have avoided if you were sober. Also, safe sex can be a matter of life and death, and it's difficult to see the right decisions when you are intoxicated. Don't hassle your hosr when they want to be sure that you get home safely.

Never leave a drunk friend alone

A solitary intoxicated friend is a considerable risk. Other people can and do take advantage of this situation, so make it a point to watch out for each other.