Safe Drinking During Homecoming

According to university policy, all drinking must come to an end at kickoff. Photo credit: Khadijah Forrest

According to university policy, all drinking must come to an end at kickoff. Photo credit: Khadijah Forrest

Khadijah Forrest, The Black Bear – It’s Homecoming week at Missouri State which means talent shows, a pep rally, a football game, parties, and of course: drinking. Although you may want to get a little wild this week there are rules the university expects students to follow.

Recently, the university changed its policy about students and visitors drinking during the tailgating event. According to the university’s alcohol policy, the possession and consumption of alcohol is only allowed for persons age 21 and older before the games at Bear Fest Village north of the Plaster Stadium. All drinking must end when it is time for kickoff.

However, the alcohol policy for drinking on campus at any other time has not changed. On this upcoming Homecoming weekend, some students will engage in non-stop drinking on campus. The policy states “the possession of alcohol for students living in the residence halls- with the exception of Monroe Apartments and Kentwood Hall – is prohibited.” Woods Hall front desk worker, Madison Gaylard, says, “students who are caught in the dorms with alcohol will be fined and forced to attend an alcohol awareness class.”

Those who live off-campus do not have the hassle of abiding by these rules except when they are on university property. To ensure the safety of our students, here are some tips when you are drinking off-campus:

Eat First – If you have a big meal before you drink you will not become intoxicated quickly.
Be well hydrated – Drink plenty of water before and after you drink to avoid blacking or passing out.
Designated Driver – Never drive while overly intoxicated. If you and your friends plan to get drunk then walking, taking the Bear Line, or calling a cab is the most sensible thing to do.
Drink Responsibly – If you get intoxicated easily be careful about what you choose to drink. Avoid multiple shots, beer bongs, and any other forms of binge drinking.

The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol poisoning and alcohol related unintentional injuries. Also, more than 97,000 students a year between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol related sexual assault or date rape.

This week is all about having fun and making memories. Remember to be safe, drink safe, and have a great Homecoming!

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