Many of us enjoy savoring a particularly fine cocktail or single malt, and we believe that alcohol and other substances can be used responsibly. We find, however, that alcohol does not enhance group dynamics and is too often drama fuel and accident grease. Therefore, while we are not a dry organization, we strictly limit the use of alcohol and other intoxicants.
Compared to most organizations, and especially compared to most Burning Man camps, Suspended Animation is relatively strict about alcohol. If you prefer a more permissive environment, you’ll probably be happier elsewhere.
We’ll refer to three levels of intoxication:
You are welcome to responsibly drink and use other substances at camp and at private SA events. However, all substance use should be moderate: you can be unsober but you should never be intoxicated at camp or at any SA event.
At Burning Man, we typically have a few alcohol-related pods: cocktail pod, beer pod, etc. Experience has shown that our crew are mature, high-functioning adults who can responsibly handle alcohol-related pods. The existence of those pods, however, does not imply any relaxing of our alcohol policies.
There are reasonable people who enjoy being intoxicated on occasion, and we have no problem with that. If you are such a person, you are welcome to drink or use somewhere else.
The following rules apply to all events we appear at as well as to our BRC pavilion (regardless of whether an event is in progress):
The following rules apply to all events that we run and to our BRC pavilion at all times: