Remember that low risk doesn’t mean NO RISK. If you are going to drink there are ways to do it safer.

  • Always go out with a plan. Where you’re going and who you’re going with
  • Have taxi numbers programmed into your phone or numbers of people you can trust to come pick you up if needed. Charge your cell phone before going out
  • Eat BEFORE you go out and continue to eat while drinking. This helps avoid a spike in blood alcohol level
  • Spread your drinking out. Alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Know your schools policies in regards to drinking and drug use. Be aware of state and local laws as well
  • Count your drinks and know what the definition of a standard drink is.
    • 12 ounces of beer
    • 5 ounces of wine
    • 1.5 ounces of 40 proof liquor
  • Avoid mixing alcohol and caffeine or energy drinks. These drinks confuse the body and can mask the effects of alcohol. It can also lead to health issues
  • Don’t mix alcohol with ANY drugs illegal or over the counter
  • Know where your drink is at all times. If need be, take it with you to the restroom.
  • Be aware that alcohol and drugs can impair your ability to make sound sexual decisions.
  • Remember the acronym HALT and if any of these apply to you don’t drink
    • Hungry
    • Angry
    • Lonely
    • Tired
  • Remember the acronym CUPS for signs of alcohol poisoning. Call 911 immediately if you see any of the following signs:
    • Clammy
    • Unresponsive
    • Puking
    • Slowed/shallow breathing

What is a Fake ID?

Any form of identification that is forged, altered or use for the purpose of establishing the false identity of a person

Crimes and violations

Fake ID laws prohibit the following:

  • Making or selling a false instrument
  • Altering legitimate documents
  • Purchasing, using and possessing a false instrument

Using someone else’s ID

Fake ID laws also penalize people who use a real ID, even though that ID is not theirs. Borrowing or stealing an ID is a crime.

Other Crimes

The possession of a fake ID is a crime by itself, if you use the fake ID to do something illegal, you may face additional penalties and charges.


Because of the wide range of crimes that can result if you have a fake ID, there are also a wide range of possible penalties.

Possible jail time.
Fines- $500-$1,000 for first time offense, felony offenses- as much as $100,000

Public Urination

$50-500 fine
Can be a violation OR a misdemeanor (which is a crime)
Possibility of community service

In rare cases you could be changed with the crime of indecent exposure or public lewdness. If convicted, you could face the possibility of registering as sex offender, a sentence that will follow you for the rest of your life.

Open Container
open container laws regulate or prohibit the existence of open containers of alcohol in certain areas, as well as the active consumption of alcohol in those areas. Public places refers to openly public places such as sidewalks, parks and vehicles.

This is not a crime but can come with some hefty fines of $50-$250.

*And remember, SUNY Oswego has a good working relationship with the Oswego City Police Dept. All violations incurred in the City of Oswego will be reported back to the college. You will then face disciplinary action from the school.

Is it worth the risk?

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