In college, parties allow students to meet new people and take a breather from classes and work. While having fun is the primary goal, staying safe is also an important factor. Here are some tips to avoid waking up the next morning with regrets:
We all want to cut loose and have a good time. When it comes to alcohol, there must always be a limit to how much you consume. According to the Better Health Channel, eating a big meal before drinking can slow the absorption of alcohol. Drink in moderation and don’t let peer pressure sway you in consuming more than you’re comfortable with. Remember, you don’t need to drink to have a good time.
Watch out for creeps:
Like it or not, there are people at parties who want to take advantage of you. Knowing the signs of someone who has questionable motives can save you from a regretful morning. According to Party Safe, stay close to people you know and trust. Do not leave your drink unattended and always pour your own. There is a nail polish company called Undercover Colors that can identify common date rape drugs in beverages. According to their website, you paint your nails with the color and when you place it in a verified beverage, the color changes. However, a good rule of thumb would be to never accept a drink from someone you do not know.
Make a plan:
Before you go out, decide who will be driving. Plan out how you will get to the party and back safely. According to The Epoch Times, making a time to either regroup or leave can ensure no one is left at the party. Be aware of emergency resources on campus such as blue phones or the campus security number. Always have a backup plan. If your designated driver ends up having even one drink, call a cab or another friend who has not been drinking to take you home.
Do not, under any circumstances, drink and drive. Even one drink can impair you enough to make driving dangerous. According to Party Safe, you are not only putting yourself at risk, but others as well. If you plan to drink at a party, ensure that you already have someone sober to take you home.
Be aware of your surroundings:
Be aware of what is going on around you. According to The Epoch Times, don’t do anything you don’t want on the internet. When it’s out there, it’s permanent. With the constant evolution of technology, any picture or video taken can appear on social media in a matter of seconds. Also, drinking can cause people to act irrationally and emotionally. Stay away from any fights that may break out on or off the dance floor.
With these tips, you should have a fun and exciting party going experience. Remember to be responsible and smart about how your night will end up. So, go get dressed up and have a safe and fun night.
Story by Alex Dunn, Campus Life editor. Photo courtesy of College Atlas.
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