Responsibility Starts with You

Alcohol facts
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Actions for a lifetime of responsibility

Knowing the facts about alcohol and how it affects the body is foundational to responsibility. 

Explore additional ways that can empower you to put responsibility front and center.

Be a responsible host

When hosting a gathering, always remember:
· Never serve anyone underage
· Provide water and food
· Make sure everyone has a safe ride home
· Provide lower- or non-alcoholic drink options

Have a plan

Plan for responsible choices, whether you are drinking or not. That means having a full meal, drinking water, knowing when to stop drinking, and having safe transportation home.

Have Plan
Know the pour
Know the pour

Always measure alcohol to ensure you serve a standard pour. Remember that in the U.S., 12 oz. (355 ml) of 5% ABV beer, is equal to 5 oz. (150 ml) of 12% ABV wine, is equal to 1.5 oz. (45 ml) of 40% ABV spirit. Each of these standard drink examples contains the same amount of alcohol. Standard drink recommendations vary by country. Be sure to check the standard drink measurements in your area.

Avoid topping off

Topping off can lead to unintended overconsumption. If a server offers to top off your drink, request that they check back when your drink is empty.

Keep an eye on your drink
Keep an eye on your drink

Never leave drinks unattended, to ensure you always know what you are consuming.

Never judge someone’s choice

If someone chooses to drink or not to drink, respect their choice. Show care and support for those who choose not to drink alcohol or are re-evaluating their relationship with alcohol.

Never judge someone’s choice
Be an ambassador of responsibility

Share the message of responsibility in your family and community. Model good behavior for children, whether you’re a parent or not. Be a leader who encourages friends to think and drink responsibly, and a trusted friend who never allows anyone to drive drunk.