New Orleans is an incredible place to experience Halloween. Whether you’re running into Channing Tatum dressed as a lady bug on Frenchmen Street, or running out of House of Shock vowing to never again trust the friends who dragged you there (not that I’ve ever experienced either of those moments…), New Orleans brings its unique flare to this bewitching holiday. Here at the UCC, we want to make sure you have the most fun you can while still being the responsible and capable students we know you are.
Having fun and being safe don’t have to be mutually exclusive. They key to having a good time on Halloween is moderation, and, whether you’re talking about Kit Kats or Kamikazes, you want to limit your intake. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of costumes and masks, but come Monday morning, the real world will still be here and that can be a rude awakening after a Halloweekend. And while Loyola does not condone underage drinking, we are aware that some students will choose to drink before they are of legal age. So here are some tips to keep it safe AND fun:
- Check yourself before you wreck yourself. Hold your drinking at a slow pace – 1 drink or less per hour is a good way to keep on top of your consumption.
- When in doubt, pour it out. Walk away from your beer for a few minutes? Don’t know what’s in that jungle juice? Don’t feel like you have to drink it.
- Sips are hip. There’s no need to slam four beers as soon as you walk in the door. Chugging drinks and playing drinking games make it difficult to keep track of your intake, and can lead to dangerous consequences.
- Buddy system. Every Batman needs a Robin, and every Regina needs her Cady. It’s all too easy to lose track of your group in the whirl of Black Swans and Marios on Frenchmen Street, so make sure you have one friend who you are accountable for and who is accountable for you.
- Hydrate. It’s not just for the guys dressed as Fire Fighters. Water is an important step in pacing yourself and keeping your body prepared for the long night of dancing ahead.
- Designate. Drinking and driving is illegal, not to mention totally lame. United Cab will be out in full force all weekend and can be reached at (504) 522 – 9771. No one wants to be the cute witch carted off for a DUI.
So, make your Pack proud this weekend by making smart and informed decisions about how you choose to spend your costumed hours. If you feel that you or someone around you may be in need of help, do not hesitate to call an RA, LUPD at (504) 865 – 3434, or 911. It’s better to be safe than sorry out there, and the best way to stay safe is to avoid the emergency in the first place. As always, we at the UCC are here for you. Just call (504) 865 – 3835 for an appointment.
-Emma Cate Pegues
Graduate Social Work Intern
University Counseling Center