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If You Drink, Drink Like Dooley

Dooley may be the Lord of Misrule, but over the years he’s learned some strategies to lower the risk of negative consequences related to alcohol use. Legend has it that alcohol abuse led to his human demise, but the immortal Dooley is back to inform Emory students on some ways they can lower their risk if they choose to drink.

First, make sure you know Emory’s policies and GA state laws about alcohol use. Click here for more info.

 drink water throughout the night

Make sure to stay hydrated from the beginning of your night to the end. It helps to space out your alcoholic drinks and make every other drink something nonalcoholic.

set a limit

Keep track of how much you are drinking.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism recommends you stick to a limit of no more than 3 drinks in one sitting for females and no more than 4 drinks in one sitting for males. Depending on other factors (like if you're on medication or have a family history of alcohol abuse) you may choose not to drink. For more info, visit

Also remember that the “drink limit” is based on the following standard serving sizes (and not how much you can fit in a cup). Standard drink sizes are:

1 shot of liquor=1.5oz

1 glass of wine=5oz

1 serving of beer= 12oz

alternate water with alcohol

Pace your alcoholic drinks to 1 or fewer per hour. Alternate alcoholic drinks with water. You can also consider avoiding drinking games that may cause you to consume a lot of drinks in a short amount of time.

red cups can hold water too

Almost 30% of Emory undergraduates don’t drink alcohol.1 And some people who have used alcohol in the past might want to take a night off. Also, mixing alcohol with certain medications can be dangerous. Be sure to check with your doctor if you have any questions about using alcohol while taking medications.

 eat while you drink alcohol

Among Emory students who drink, over 80% eat before and/or while they party.1 Food can help slow the body’s absorption of alcohol and avoid increasing your blood alcohol content (BAC) faster than you realize.

stay with your friends


85% of Emory students who drink stay with the same group of friends when they party.1 Check in with each other throughout the night.

If you think your friend might have alcohol poisoning, look for these symptoms:

  • Passed out and/or unresponsive
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Low body temperature
  • Vomiting

If your friend might have alcohol poisoning call 911 or Emory EMS: 404-727-6111.


In cases where a student requires medical attention related to alcohol or other drugs, Emory doesn’t want fear of getting into trouble to prevent that person and/or that person’s friends from calling for help. For this reason, the Division of Campus Life developed the Medical Amnesty protocol, which can apply to all Emory undergraduate students.

If you are wondering about Medical Amnesty this video might help:


1Statistics based on the 2011 Emory National College Health Assessment survey. American College Health Association. American College Health Association‐ National College Health Assessment II: Institutional Data Report Fall 2011 Emory University. Hanover, MD: American College Health Association; 2011.