Quick advice on how to stay safe this Homecoming

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When you go #Loco4Hoco this year, stay safe and make your weekend the best it can be. 

1. Know your limit, drink within it.

This is the first and most important tip, don’t push yourself beyond what your body can handle. If you’re not sure what your limit is, take it slow and pay attention to how you feel.  

2. Always BYOB.

Being offered a red solo cup of Jungle Juice can be tempting, but don’t take a drink unless you know exactly what’s in it. Bringing your own alcohol is the best way to keep track of how much you’re drinking and keep your own peace of mind. 

3. Eat while you’re drinking.

Luckily, the tradition of tri-color pancakes at house parties during Homecoming is alive and well. Pairing alcohol with food will extend your stamina to actually make it to the end of a party that lasts all day, and make sure you won’t get sick.   

4. Pockets. This is a simple one, but wearing clothing with pockets will make your chances of losing essentials like your phone, ID, cash and cards much smaller. Make sure you have somewhere safe to store them on your person. 

5. Avoiding a hangover can be tricky.

A lot of good comes from avoiding the dehydrating effects of alcohol. A good rule of thumb is one glass of water per drink to dodge headaches and a dry mouth when you wake up.

6. Don’t intend to sober up quick on coffee!

The common myth that drinking coffee can get you sober faster isn’t true, the only thing that can sober you up is time. The average person burns off about one drink an hour. Prepare to wait!

7. Lastly, look out for one another.

If you see someone who isn’t in good shape, lend a hand, you may be helping more than you think. Be safe, be kind and have fun! 

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