As we approach St. Pat’s festivities, Missouri S&T’s University Police would like to offer the following information pertaining to alcohol safety.
Consider not drinking at all.
If you decide to drink:
- Plan your drinking. Think about how much you want to drink before you drink.
- Take care of yourself. Don’t put yourself in a situation where other people might have to take care of you.
- Don’t ever force or pressure anyone to drink.
- Know when you have had enough.
- Never leave your drinks unattended.
- Designate a sober driver.
Know what to do in an emergency. If you are with someone who has had too much to drink:
- Don’t let the person drink more alcohol.
- “STEP UP!” Help the person avoid dangerous situations such as driving, wandering outside and sexual encounters.
- If the person is unconscious, call 911. Drinking too much alcohol can result in serious medical problems. Seek attention immediately.
Missouri State Statutes:
- Illegal possession of alcohol — Any person under the age 21, who purchases, asks for or in any way receives intoxicating liquor, can be charged with a misdemeanor.
- Use of fake ID — Any person who is under age 21, who uses a reproduced, modified or altered license, for the purpose of purchasing, asking for or in any way receiving any intoxicating liquor, can be charged with a misdemeanor.
- Open container — Any person who possesses an open container of alcohol within his or her vehicle or on a public street or sidewalk, could be charged with a misdemeanor.
- Driving while intoxicated — The legal limit for DWI is .08. Those under the age 21 could be found guilty of a Zero Tolerance violation if they are above .02.
- Minor in Possession — Includes “possession by consumption” and appearing “visibly intoxicated.” This has made it far easier for officers to charge minors based on breathalyzer testing and even solely on the appearance of intoxication in a minor.
Look out for each other, respect boundaries and don’t leave friends behind. If you see aggressive behavior, remember the four D’s of intervention:
- Direct: Step up and take the lead. (Ask “is everything ok?” or ask your friend “are you ready to go home?” or tell your friend “I’m ready to leave, come on.”)
- Delegate: Bring others in to assist. Ask others to help you do something.
- Distract: Change the subject or shift the focus.
- Defer: Follow up afterwards. Do they need any assistance?
Enjoy the St. Pat’s festivities. Be safe and respectful.