York Region offers tips to party safe, plan and be prepared this prom season
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York reminds students to party responsibly this prom season. Students are encouraged to have fun and be safe by planning ahead and making good choices for prom and graduation events.
Prom and graduation celebrations are occasions that may involve drug and alcohol use. According to the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (2011), 40 per cent of Grade 12 students have at some time engaged in binge drinking, consuming five or more drinks on one occasion.
Be smart this prom and graduation season. Follow these tips to ensure your party is safe and enjoyable:
If you are 19 years old or older and choose to drink, drink responsibly
• Alternate alcohol and non-alcoholic alternatives such as water, juice, or soft drinks to avoid intoxication
• Remember to eat before and while you drink to help slow down absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream
• Do not accept a drink from someone you do not know well or trust
• Be aware that it takes approximately two hours for your body to process one drink such as 12 ounces of beer or 1.5 ounces of spirits
• Don’t mix illegal drugs, prescription medication, over-the-counter medication and caffeinated energy drinks with alcohol
• Keep an eye on your friends and ask them to do the same for you
Have a plan
• Decide what your personal drink limit is before celebrating
• Ensure a sober designated driver for your ride home, take a cab or public transit, or make plans to stay somewhere safe
• If someone has had too much to drink, stay with them and seek medical attention if necessary
Public health nurses from York Region Community and Health Services work to prevent and raise awareness about substance misuse and alcohol-related harm, collaborating with elementary and secondary schools on resources and supports.
York Region Emergency Medical Services (EMS) paramedics work with Southlake Regional Health Centre and York Regional Police to Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (PARTY). For more information on the PARTY program visit www.partyprogram.com
For more information on safe partying and substance misuse prevention or any other public-health related topic, please call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933 or visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Juliana Coughlin, Community and Health Services, York Region