Being a responsible drinker basically means:

  • Making sure you’re safe

  • Making sure other people are safe

  • Actively avoiding dangerous situations

  • Having a positive drinking experience

Here are some tips for responsible drinking:

  • Avoid binge drinking

  • Decide on a drink limit and stick to it

  • Eat while you are drinking

  • Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

  • Drink water – stay hydrated

  • Avoid shots – drink at your own pace

  • Don’t be pressured into drinking more than you want

  • Don’t pressure others into drinking more than they want

  • Practice how to refuse a drink – you don’t have to take one just because it’s offered

  • Avoid energy drinks and other stimulants if you are drinking alcohol

  • Avoid top-ups – finish each drink before you have another

  • Watch out for larger measures at home or at a party compared with standard drink measures

  • Know how many standard drinks are in the alcohol you are drinking

  • Do not drink and drive, identify a sober driver to get you home safely


  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): 410-663-1922

  • Al-Anon (Family and Friends): 410-832-7094

  • Alateen (Preteens and Teenagers): 410-832-7094

  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD): 410-321-6233