Protective Behaviors

What are Protective Behaviors?

Protective Behaviors are choices you make to keep yourself safe. I-ADAPT wants to encourage you to think about consequences, so that you’ll make healthy choices that will eventually lead to you graduating.

In a three-year Core Survey from 2009-2012, we asked students and found out that 97.6% of Islanders have chosen the following while partying or socializing:

  • Chosen not to drink alcohol
  • Used a designated driver who didn’t drink
  • Decided in advance what their limit would be - A good rule is 0 drinks if you’re driving or underage, 1 drink per hour if you’re of age and no more than 3 drinks.
  • Eaten before or during alcohol consumption

Other Protective Behaviors include:

  • Having water or soda between drinks
  • Using the buddy system - Keep tabs on each other and don’t leave a friend stranded without a ride home. Be assertive if you perceive a potentially dangerous situation.
  • Space your drinks over time
  • Keep track of how many drinks you’re having
  • Alternate between non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks
  • Eat before and during drinking
  • Make a decision about sex that night before you go out
  • Stop drinking when you feel dizzy, nauseous, or tired
  • Avoid drinking games
  • Avoid shots
  • Use a taxi
  • Avoid illegal drugs - You don’t know what’s in them or what effect they’ll have on you, and they can get you arrested! This includes underage drinking.
  • Watch out for your friends - Don’t let friends go off into isolated areas with people they don’t know. Don’t let them drive if they’ve been drinking. Don’t leave them at parties alone.
  • Know your sexual limits
  • Watch your drink
  • Rehearse saying “no thanks” when offered a drink you don’t want
  • Spend more time with friends who don’t drink
  • Refuse to ride with a “buzzed” or drunk driver
  • Have a friend let you know when you’ve had enough
  • Pace your drinks to 1 or fewer per hour
  • Drink non-alcoholic beer or punch
  • Abstain from playing sports or swimming after drinking alcohol
  • Drink for quality not quantity
  • Be assertive - Go only where you want. Don’t let yourself be pressured into a tough stop, like getting into a car with a drunk driver, going to a party where you don’t know anyone, relying on strangers to take you home, or drinking more than you’re comfortable with.