If you plan on attending college in Indiana as a first-year student, there is a lot to look forward to, especially if you do not plan on living with your parents. You may be more than a bit curious about the party aspect of college, but make sure your curiosity does not turn into an unintentional crime, like a DUI.

To help moderate your drinking, Affordable Colleges Online offers a bit of guidance. You can enjoy everything college has to offer, all while staying on the right side of the law.

Familiarize yourself with your limits

While it is okay to have a couple of beers or other alcoholic drinks, it is vital that you understand your limits. Turn this into an experiment by having a sober friend keep track of how many drinks you have and how your behavior shifts with each drink. Use the results to determine how much alcohol you can consume before “a few drinks” turns into a night of drunken embarrassment…and a beast of a hangover.

Switch to water

Keep intoxication and hangovers at bay by rotating between rounds of alcohol and rounds of water. If you feel like you may not fit in by keeping up with everyone else, bear in mind that your peers likely are not keeping track of every beverage you consume.

Eat before you drink 

If you know about a night of drinking beforehand, make a point to eat a good meal before heading out. Specifically, high-protein and high-fat foods help soak up alcohol.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.