Turn Up!

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The Turn Up! Initiative was created to encourage healthy decision-making around partying and drinking using a harm-reduction model. This initiative includes interactive workshops and outreach tabling, substance-free social events, and educational material inventory for your classes, groups, organizations, or to share with your friends, family, or loved ones. For more information on how you can get involved in the Turn Up! Initiative, contact ehops@sfsu.edu.


Turn Up 101

Turning up is more than just partying, it also means turning up, or showing up, for yourself and your friends. If you are planning to turn up, there are steps you can take to have a good night and a good morning. We call these protective behaviors. Even if you don't drink, these steps are good to keep in mind so you can turn up, or show up for your friends.

How do you turn up? Take the survey here!


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Step 1: Eat Food (A little more than usual)

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Step 2: Decide what kind of night you're going to have

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Step 3: Know where you are going, how you're getting there, and where you are staying the night.

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Step 4: Check that you (and your friends) have IDs, keys, and a fully charged phone


Step 1: Eat Food (A little more than you usually would eat)

A general rule of thumb is to eat a heavier meal that includes carbohydrates and protien and eat a little more than you normally do. This is for two reasons. The first is you are less likely to throw up. Alcohol is an irritant to your stomach lining, so the extra food protects your stomach. The second reason is, food slows down the processing of alcohol. This means your blood alcohol content or BAC generally stays at a lower level than if you didn't eat. This helps you feel "buzzed" or have the positive effects of alcohol for a longer period of time.


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Step 2: Decide what kind of night you want to have

In everything, including when you turn up, it is important to be on the same page and set your expectations with you and your friends. How turnt is tonight going to get? Is someone looking for a more chill night? Is your friend planning on driving? or do they want to go home early? Does someone have class the next morning? Makes sure everyone knows what kind of night they want to have.

Also deciding how much you plan on drinking can be helpful. Do you maybe want to ask a buddy to cut you off at a certain point? Having conversations about how much you plan on drinking. can help the night go smoothly.


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Step 3: Know where you are going, how you're getting there, and where you are staying the night

If you're going out by yourself, meeting up with a group, or even staying in, it is good to know what to expect. Are you going to the city? A friend's place? Are you all going to use a ride sharing app to get there? What is the public transportation schedule? And of course, making sure if someone is driving, they aren't drinking.

Thinking about where you are staying is important too! Is your friend cool with you staying at their place? If you're going with a group, are you all together at the end of the night? Keep track of each person to make sure everyone has a good morning!


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Step 4: Check that you (and your friends) have IDs, keys, and a fully charged phone

You never want to be the person that has to drive all the way back home because you or someone in your group forgot an ID or keys.

Having your phone on you (and charged) is a good idea just in case you get seperated from your group. If you're going out with a new group, exchange numbers ahead of time. You can even, if you feel comfortable, share your location with everyone.

Having an extra phone charger in the car, if you're driving, is also a good idea. If you're worried about it getting stolen, you can keep it in the glove box.


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