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Using In moderation?

If you choose to consume alcohol or use other substances, you can still do so safely with some of these tips:

Take steps to keep yourself safe and healthy. If choosing to use alcohol or other substances, try to practice safer use. Here are some helpful tips to remember:

  • Set a limit and stick to it.
  • One substance at a time - avoid mixing substances.
  • Stay hydrated and be sure not to have an empty stomach. Also, alternate with a glass of water when drinking.
  • Research the substance you are using beforehand; different substances can affect individuals differently.

Set boundaries according to your comfort levels:

  • If you’re uncomfortable using alcohol or other substances during a hangout, or you don’t feel like going out, it’s okay to set boundaries and let others knowhow you feel. Identify your own needs and openly communicate about them with others. Setting personal boundaries for safe socializing can look like:
“Thanks for the invite, but I just want to stay home tonight.”

“I’m okay with going out, as long as you respect my decision to not drink or use.”

“Thanks, but I’m okay on drinks - I’m taking it easy tonight.”

In case of an emergency:

Call 911

The first minor who requests emergency medical assistance is granted amnesty from the offense of possessing or consuming alcohol. See here for more information about student amnesty for alcohol and drug emergencies.

Visit the Sobering Center

Provides a safe place for publicly intoxicated individuals to sober up. Students can access this service 24 hours 7 days a week. Call (512) 957-1900 for more information or visit their website.

Carry Naloxone/Narcan

Naloxone can be carried and used to prevent an opioid overdose. Some common opioids include: Fentanyl, Heroin, Oxycodone, and Hydrocodone.

Check out Operation Naloxone for more information.

Check out moreNARCANplease

  • Students/faculty/staff (and anyone else in Texas) can request free Narcan via mail from
  • Narcan is also available for emergency access at the staffed desks on the ground floor of each residence hall.

Use Safe Ride

Visit here to learn more!

Here are some more tips for using in moderation:

  • If you’re drinking, remember that the higher your BAC, the higher the risk (and the less fun you’ll have). Keep track of your BAC (Blood Alcohol Content). There are even apps that can help you stay in your limit.
  • Follow SHIFT (@utshift) on social media for harm reduction tips for safer use!
  • Follow Bruce the Bat (@utbrucethebat) on social media for tips related to reducing negative experiences caused by drinking, as well as tips for fun things to do around Austin.

  • Check out Healthyhorns Having Fun & Playing It Safe!
  • Check out the Texas Harm Reduction Alliance for more harm reduction information.

Wondering how you might connect with SHIFT? Well, howdy, partner!

The SHIFT Office
UT Austin
Student Services Building
100 W Dean Keeton Street

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