By Devin Hall, Assistant Director of Prevention Education
It’s that time of year again. The weather is cool, the leaves are starting to change, the social events are scheduled and the weekend tailgates are in full swing. For those who choose to drink, this time of year can bring on risky behaviors, so it is important to pause and reflect on member safety. While chapters are advocating for domestic violence awareness on college campuses across the country, it is important to also acknowledge National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, occurring October 21-25, 2019.
Through our partnership with Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Nu and Zeta Tau Alpha, we developed an educational poster highlighting effective BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage) practices. This poster uses a unique Be Your Own Bartender message to validate the importance of choosing the strength of your own beverage, knowing the amount of alcohol you are consuming and monitoring your time. In addition to the harm reduction poster, chapters received a conversation starter to encourage dialogue during chapter meetings so members can be aware of expectations at BYOB events. These materials are mailed to VPs risk management and are available on Alpha Chi Omega’s website.
Quick tips for BYOB events:
- Permitted alcohol: beer, hard seltzer, wine, malt beverages.
- Bring your alcohol in a bag with your name on it.
- Store members’ and guests’ alcohol in a centralized location or distribution center that is monitored by an event monitor(s).
- Use a ticket system so members and guests have a way to collect their alcohol from the distribution center.
- Or have members and guests wear wristbands that can be marked to keep track of their drinks.
- Collect the empty cans or containers before giving attendees their next drink.
- Have food and non-alcoholic beverages available for attendees.
- Discard leftover alcohol or make it available for pick-up the next day.
Additional BYOB resources are available on Alpha Chi Omega’s website in the Resource Center under VP risk management:
- Event Planning Guide Webinars: EPG BYOB
- BYOB Resource Guide
- Event Monitor Resource Guide
- BYOB Event PowerPoint Guide
We hope all chapter and community members make smart, safe and legal choices in relation to their social practices. Our hope is these resources and this poster can help women in our chapters make healthy choices about alcohol and ensure members are educated on Alpha Chi Omega policies for a BYOB event. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Devin Hall, assistant director of prevention education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.