With the holidays and the end of the semester rapidly approaching, there’s bound to be an increase of parties happening in and around campus. These celebrations go hand in hand with alcohol. No matter what year, freshman to senior, parties are something most people look forward to as a way of relaxing and unwinding after a long week and an even longer semester. Significant amounts of college students are under the age of twenty-one, meaning that it’s illegal for them to consume an alcoholic beverage.
Though prohibited, many college parties are invitations for under-aged students to drink without anyone checking their ID, and many of these parties aren’t shut down by police, providing many students a reason to continue to attend and drink. Off-campus parties might offer less interference from university law enforcement, but it leaves many drunken students with a dilemma on how to get home. Whether five minutes or fifty minutes away from campus, many have no other alternative than to figure out a way to get back to their dorms or residence halls and can have serious life-changing consequences.
The decision to get behind the wheel after having even one drink can result in a dangerous accident harming yourself or others, but it may also result in a DUI. An under-aged driving while intoxicated charge is the result of having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .01% or higher. That charge comes with a 30 to 90-day license suspension, up to 30 days in jail, mandatory community service, and completion of alcohol and highway safety programs. If you are under-aged and you have a BAC of .08% or greater, you face all the above plus the penalties that come with a regular DUI offense—meaning that you could pay greater fines, spend a longer time in jail, and lose your license for a much longer period.
Being intoxicated also leaves you more susceptible to becoming a victim of a crime and can impair your judgment enough to put you in a seriously unsafe situation. It’s important to keep yourself safe, especially when drinking. Going with a group and having a designated driver are potential ways to avoid danger. Use your campus escort services order to keep yourself safe—that’s why it’s there! If you suspect anything out of the ordinary, call 9-1-1 right away. If you attend a party, limit yourself to one drink per hour and be sure to eat before you begin drinking. Make sure to consume plenty of water or other non-alcoholic drinks in alternation with your alcoholic beverage. Never leave your drink unattended and be sure to cover your drink while you walk through the party. There are many things that you can do to ensure that you have a good time and to make sure you stay safe. College is a great time for new friendships and experiences, but you need to be careful and protect yourself.
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