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AMS encourages safe drinking practices

February 09, 2012

KINGSTON, ON – In response to incidents of possible drink tampering last evening, the Alma Mater Society (AMS) encourages all students to exercise caution while socializing at parties and bars.

The AMS would also like to remind students that Student Constables and staff at our campus bars are resources in suspected instances of drink tampering. Student Constables specifically are in place to protect students and facilitate a safe environment for those who choose to drink on campus.

“It goes without saying that the AMS strongly condemns drink tampering and any mentality that this sort of behavior is tolerated,” says AMS Vice-President (Operations) Ashley Eagan. “We encourage all students to be remain vigilant when choosing to drink and to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves.”

The following are suggestions for protecting one’s self while drinking:

  1. Never leave your drink unattended. Have a trusted friend watch your drink or finish it rather than leaving it unattended.
  2. Never accept a drink that you haven’t seen the bartender pour or that isn’t in a closed container. Never drink from open beverage sources like punch bowls or accept drinks from strangers.
  3. Keep your valuables safe by keeping them with you at all times. Leave valuables at home whenever possible or use a coatcheck system.
  4. Limit your consumption. Try alternating alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the night. Know your limit and stick to it.
  5. Use a buddy system. The best way to stay safe is to travel in numbers. Look out for each other.
  6. Make sure you have a safe way home. Stick with your group of friends, call a taxi, or use Walkhome. In Kingston, there is no excuse to get behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking – there are so many other options available.
  7. Constables and bar staff are your friends. If you aren’t feeling well, if there’s something going on in the bar that we should know about, if you need a safe way home, tell a Student Constable or a bar staff member and they will be happy to help!

If you or a friend feel dizzy, confused, experience memory loss, or have other symptoms unexplained by the amount of alcohol you have consumed, seek help immediately by approaching one of the Student Constables on duty at the bar, or by calling Campus Security (613-533-6111) or the Kingston Police (911).

Anyone with any information related to last night’s incidents of suspected drink tampering are encouraged to contact Campus Security at 613-533-6733.

CONTACT:
Please direct all media inquiries to Amanda Judd, AMS Communications Officer, at
comm@ams.queensu.ca or (613) 533-6000 x 75850. Please note that the AMS will not comment on ongoing investigations.

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