Party Smarter:
Plan - Prepare - Pace

Are you getting the most out of your nights out? Sometimes drinking too much can get in the way of having fun. Everybody knows not to drink and drive – but there is more you might want to know to help you Party Smarter. Don’t miss the night and the fun – take some simple steps to “party smarter” whether you’re out at bars, clubs, restaurants, or at home with friends.

Plan - Where are you going? Who are you going with? How are you getting home?

Prepare - Eat, drink water, and make sure you take just enough money for a safe evening. Leave the credit cards at home!

Pace – Limit how much you drink in a night and learn about standard servings of alcohol to correctly count how many “drinks” you have.

Why Should You Care?

In addition to having to suffer through a hangover, having no money, cleaning up vomit, repairing friendships or much worse – sometimes the amount you drink can lead to injury, or be a signal that you may have a problem with alcohol.

Does Size Matter?

When it comes to alcoholic drinks, the size and amount of alcohol varies widely. And if you’ve decided that you are only going to drink a certain number of drinks in an evening, you should know what “one drink” means! One beer can is generally 5% alcohol – so one “drink” would be one 12-ounce beer. One shot of liquor – 1.5 oz – is equal to one drink. One mixed drink, assuming it has just one shot of liquor, is also 1.5 oz of alcohol and is equal to one drink. The chart below may help. More information about serving sizes is available from NIAAA.

Image comparing the strength of different drinks

Want More?

There are lots of resources to help you party smarter, stay safe, and enjoy your friends. Here are just a few:

Rethinking Drinking

Offers valuable, research-based information for anyone who drinks. Offers clarity on what counts as a drink, the lasting effects of alcohol in the system, and more.


This online quiz is a tool for reviewing your drinking habits and how they may affect your health and the health of your loved ones.

For More Information

211 Maine – Call, Text, or visit 211 online for the largest database available that connecting people to services and public health information. All outreach is free and confidential.

Office of Behavioral Health – For more information on counseling and treatment services in Maine, visit the Office of Behavioral Health online or call 207-287-2595 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711)

Maine Prevention Store - This site contains free print materials and digital downloads designed to improve health and help to prevent tobacco use, substance use, and suicide in Maine.

General Contact:
Tobacco and Substance Use Prevention and Control
Phone: (207) 287-4627
TTY: Maine relay 711