Did you know that for those NIU students who choose to drink alcohol, most do so in a healthy way? It's true! Most of our students who choose to drink, engage in protective behaviors that help to keep them safe and their BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) at or below .05

These protective behaviors include:

  • Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks 
  • Determine in advance not to exceed a set number of drinks
  • Choose not drink any alcohol
  • Use a sober designated driver 
  • Eat before and/or during drinking
  • Have a friend let you know when you've had enough
  • Keep track of the number of drinks you consume
  • Pace drinking to one or fewer per hour 
  • Avoid drinking games 

Would you like more information? Visit our Links, Handouts, and Resources sections to get more helpful information about Alcohol, healthy drinking behaviors, healthy abstainer behavior, safer partying tips, helping a friend who is intoxicated, and more! We also have Alcohol e-Checkup To Go, an online self-assessment, that can help you determine how to keep your drinking at a safer level.