Thursday, March 20, 2014

Safe Spring Break Survival Guide

by Joy Spencer

Spring Break is a break from classes, jobs, and stress – but it is not a break from common sense!

If you are 21 or older, and plan on drinking during your break, remember that alcohol can impair your judgment and actions. Before you head out to have fun, take a minute to read these ten tips for alcohol safety during your Spring Break:

  1. Spring break is not an excuse to drink excessively or drink more than you normally would. Drink no more than one drink per hour and alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks. Eat a real meal before drinking and snack throughout the time you are drinking. 
  2. Leaving town? Know the drinking laws at your travel destination. 
  3. Use the buddy system. Watch out for your friends and ask that they watch out for you. Make it a rule to never leave without anyone you came with. 
  4. If a friend feels sick or has had a lot to drink, you should not leave them alone. And you should expect that your friends will look after you if you are sick. 
  5. Know the signs of alcohol poisoning. 
  6. You should not assume that someone you have just met has your best interests at heart. Keep in mind that more people are sexually assaulted by acquaintances rather than by strangers. Be aware that excessive drinking can lead to more instances of violence and sexual assaults. 
  7. Keep an eye on your drink. If you can, watch your drink being made, do not accept a drink from anyone else, and keep your drink in hand. Date rape drugs, such as GHB and Rohypnol, could be placed in your drink while you are distracted to facilitate rape or other crimes. 
  8. Don't provide alcohol to minors, and never let a minor use your ID. The consequences for both are very serious.  
  9. Never, ever, drink and drive. 
  10. Always make sure there is a designated, non-drinking driver if you are drinking. If your designated driver takes a drink, they are no longer your designated driver. Call a cab.
Have fun, be safe and have a great Spring Break! 


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

St. Patty’s Day celebrations – Slainte!

by Christie Scott

For those who plan to paint the town green, we want to remind you to celebrate responsibly this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.  Although St. Patty’s Day falls on Monday, March 17; many people choose to start the festivities over the weekend.

Green beer, Irish whiskey, and Irish cream liqueur are all popular beverages on the one day of the year when everyone is Irish. Whether you choose to celebrate at home or at one of 7,000 bars, restaurants and taverns that sell alcohol across the state, we ask that you plan ahead for a safe night and not rely on the luck of the Irish.

Tips for St. Patty’s Day Celebrations:
§        Pace yourself – Enjoy water or a snack between beverages, it will help you make it to the pot of gold at the end of the night.
§        Don’t drink on an empty stomach - A serving of corned beef and cabbage can help your body process the alcohol.
§        Plan ahead for a safe ride home – Save a gold coin or two to pay for a cab or ride public transit
§        Thank your servers and bartenders – They have a responsibility to make sure that customers don’t drink too much.  If they take your drink away or offer to call you a cab – Thank them.  They are doing it because they are responsible and they want everyone to be safe.

Visit for store hours, directions, and available products.  Liquor stores across the state will have normal business hours on St. Patrick’s Day.