Michigan students report using the following strategies to Stay in the Blue:
- Download the Stay in Blue app from iTunes or Google play
- Choose not to drink on risky occasions
- Count your drinks
- Set a drink limit using standard drinks
- Eat immediately before and while drinking, especially foods high in protein or fat
- Measure your own drinks, e.g. by using a shot glass for liquor, fill a red Solo cup 3/4 full of beer for 12 oz
- Use 1/2 shot of liquor in a mixed drink
- If you play drinking games, set personal limits (e.g. fill beer pong cups 1/3 full, set a maximum number of drinks or game rounds)
- Dilute alcohol with non-carbonated mixers
- Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
- Drink water throughout the event
- Space out your drinks; if it normally takes 10 minutes to finish a beer, try taking 20 minutes
- Pace your drinking to a slower drinker with you
- Use a buddy system; tell a friend your limit and encourage him/her to help you stick to it
- Drink a look-alike beverage when you want to slow down or not drink at all (e.g. ginger ale, soda water with lime)
- Go out later or leave earlier from events
- Be prepared with reasons to refuse drinks assertively when you’ve had enough or you’re not drinking
Michigan students avoid these to Stay in the Blue:
- Drinking from open containers (punch, trash cans, etc.)
- Beer bongs or playing other drinking games
- Mixing alcohol with stimulants (e.g. Ritalin or Red Bull) or depressants (e.g. Valium or Ativan); check with your doctor before drinking while taking any prescription medications, and check package warnings about drinking while taking over-the-counter medications
- The pre-party
- Driving after drinking
- Drinking when tired
Tools to help moderate drinking:
- Download the free Stay in the Blue app, as Desmond Howard, Heisman Trophy winner, explains (note that the contest is not active at this time):
- Use this personalized BAC Calculator (downloads an Excel File)
- Print a Stay in the Blue card For Women (PDF) or For Men (PDF)
- Try e-CHUG (electronic Check Up to Go), a personalized, confidential screening that lets you see how your drinking compares to others your age and the general adult population, assesses your family history, tests your knowledge of campus norms and gives your typical and peak BAC levels.
Having trouble Staying in the Blue?
Try BASICS, a brief alcohol screening and discussion that can help you moderate or abstain.
See the winners of student video contest!
1st prize - How I Stay in the Blue
2nd prize: Party Ref
Stay in the Blue is a winner in the pumpkin carving contest!
For more information about BAC or Stay in the Blue:
Contact Marsha Benz, UHS Health Educator, (734) 647-4656