So many parties, so little time. So many of you want to let loose at the end of the week and paint everything you see red. But before you rock up to a party and dance until your feet beg for mercy, here are some things to consider before “FUN!” starts screaming, “DANGER!”:
- Drink driving – One word, don’t. Always “employ” a designated driver or keep some cab numbers handy. Plan before you head out and know your transport options. Cab numbers are handier than you think especially when even your designated driver decides to have one drink too many. And what’s a slightly heftier cab fare compared to what your life is worth, right?
- Watch your drink – As kids, our parents have always brought us up to never take things/offers from strangers. We don’t see why this should be any different when we’re adults. Most drugs used to spike drinks go untraced because they have no smell or taste. Always buy your own drinks so you know exactly what you’re getting and keep an eye on your drink at all times!
- Dealing with assault – We know you’re supposed to be having the time of your life at a party but what are you willing to do? How far are you willing to go? When intoxicated, your mind gets clouded and thus, opening doors to opportunities for you to become a victim of assault (whether physical or sexual). Get your friends to be with you at all times to man the situation in case things go wrong.
- Drug/alcohol overdose – Drink, but drink at a low-risk level. Limit yourself and stick to it. It helps to alternate between non-alcoholic drinks and alcoholic drinks and to drink slowly. Also, it’s always good to have a proper meal before drinking to line your stomach. If you’re going to take drugs, that’s your call and your prerogative. We don’t condone it but please know beforehand what you’ll be getting yourself into.
- Don’t go MIA – Parties, when held at big venues, are always the perfect places to get lost. Lost as in losing your friends. And at venues that are far, far away, it’s likely that your mobile phone signal will be weak. Always inform your friends on your whereabouts even if it’s leaving to the washroom or to meet with other friends. More information, less worries.
It’s always good to consider how you can keep yourself and your friends safe. After all, you know what they say, “Better be safe than sorry!”.
So yes, party on, but party safe by minimizing common threats to your safety with the above steps.
Don’t forget to have fun!
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