Alcohol Awareness

Homecoming is a time of celebration. Whether you chose to use alcohol is your choice. Indiana State University promotes responsible drinking, through its Designated Walker and SoberRide programs. 

Both programs, which will be in effect during Indiana State's Homecoming weekend, are a result of a collaborative partnership between the Student Counseling Center, Student Health Promotions, ISU Police, Campus Community Alcohol Coalition, Pepsi, and the Dean of Students office.


SoberRide will be entering its third year of operation with Homecoming 2013, providing free transportation the campus area. SoberRide will have two 20-passenger buses providing safe rides on Saturday. Service will run 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Indiana State students who are concerned about driving themselves or riding in a car with another driver who may have been drinking can simply to marked stops along Wabash Avenue to board a shuttle. Students will need to show their ISU ID card to utilize the service.

The drop off locations include:
• 11th and Spruce St. (Sycamore Apts.)
• 6 ½ and Elm St. (University Village)
• 5th St. ISU (Lincoln Quad)
• 5th St. ISU Lot 11 (Hines, Jones, Sandison)
• 5th Street Lot 9 (Mills and Rhoads)

This is a safe, one-way ride home for students within Terre Haute. The service is not a shuttle service to bars and parties. Students are limited to one one-way ride per night.

Designated Walker Program

The Designated Walker program, which debuted in 2009, is an example of students taking care of each other. Designated Walkers can still accompany their friends and have fun on The Walk and at Homecoming. They just don’t drink.

In addition to enjoying beverages provided by Pepsi and food provided by local merchants, Designated Walkers undergo Step Up training, where they learn about alcohol awareness and bystander intervention techniques. Designated Walkers receive $10 Commons Cash, and are entered into a drawing for prizes.

If you chose to drink, drink responsibly

* Pace your drinking, allow time between drinks.

* Consider alternating non-alcoholic "decoy" drinks with those containing alcohol, i.e. drinking plain orange juice every other drink.

* Don't drink on an empty stomach; foods with fats and/or proteins slow alcohol absorption.

* Keep track of how much you are drinking; know how much alcohol is poured into every glass.

* Dilute distilled beverages, don't drink them straight. After the first few drinks, reduce the amount of alcohol in each drink. Your taste buds will be dulled and you won't be able to tell the difference.

* Switch to "light beer" (be sure it is a low alcohol one - or try the "non-alcohol" beers) or "low alcohol" wines after the first few drinks. (Again, your taste buds will be dulled and you won't be able to tell the difference.)

* Avoid possible interactions between alcohol and other drugs (including certain foods and over-the-counter medications).

* Drink only if YOU want to; don't let others dictate your choice.

* Keep active. Don't just sit down and drink all night. If you keep active, you will drink less and will be more aware of your level of intoxication.

* Keep out of "Chugging" contests or other drinking "games."

* Stop drinking before the party is over, to allow your liver time to burn off some of the alcohol. Drink non-alcoholic beverages the last hour or so.

* Keep in mind that an added ice cube, a slightly smaller glass, or a "decoy" drink will go undetected by others. They may help you to resist the well-meaning efforts of others at the party who can't stand to see someone without a drink in their hand.

Remember: Careful planning of a party can increase the pleasure for both the guests and the hosts. BAC's are good measures of the amount of pleasure (or discomfort) that will result from a particular pattern of drinking. BAC's in excess of 0.125% will NOT increase the pleasure, only the discomfort.