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When your parents say party safely, don’t just ignore it as some advice from old uncool people. The risks can be big so there is nothing wrong with taking your safety seriously. And better safe than sorry right?
Partying with your friends, clubbing, enjoying drinks with friends or other people is fun but safety is important. We talked about risks and things that can go wrong at a party. don’t get us wrong, most parties can be safe but the risk can be anywhere. Here are some of the risks we can think of but definitely not limited to below:
- Getting drunk. drinking too much alcohol (sometimes called binge drinking). This can make you lose control over yourself and you may end up doing either something which you should not be doing. With you not in control of yourself, others can take advantage of the situation.
- wanting to drive after drinking which can be very dangerous.
- Taking substances without care.
- unprotected or non-consensual sex, as per the VIC govt site, is also a risk.
- drink spiking
- drug overdose or alcohol poisoning
- getting into a fight
- getting injured.
Drink games are common in many parties and backpackers. This is a game where you take part in different activities and if you are loose then you need to drink. Often this can lead to overdrinking by those who are playing which can cause problems. This is where you need to know your limits. Playing a game may be ok but when it gets too much then nothing wrong with getting out of the game and suggesting others the same.
So now that we have talked about the risks of partying for youngsters, let us see what we should do to stay safe at a party-
Plan ahead to party safely
If you’re going partying, plan ahead. It’s easier to make smart decisions before you’re in the thick of things, so make some decisions before you go.
- Arrange to stay close to friends you trust. Ask your friends to look out for you, and let them know you will do the same for them.
- Work out how you’re going to get home – have some money for a taxi, arrange for someone to pick you up or make sure that someone is the designated driver, and that they won’t be drinking or taking drugs.
- Have a plan B to get home if plan A falls through – for example, ask someone’s parent if they will pick you up if you can’t get a taxi.
- Eat well before you leave home. A full stomach slows the absorption of alcohol.
- If you are going to drink alcohol, drink in moderation. Decide on your limit and stick to it.
- Take condoms with you if you think you might end up having sex. If you do, use them.
- The best way to avoid drug-related problems is not to use it at all. If you do plan to take drugs, make sure you know what you’re taking, and let someone else know too, in case anything goes wrong. Find out how to reduce the risks of overdose or injury.
- Be aware that it is illegal to drink alcohol on the street or in a public place or to carry or use illicit drugs. Even if you’re not actively drinking, if you’re drunk in public you can be arrested.
Safe partying tips
- Make your drink yourself. You should always be with your food or drink and don’t leave it alone to make sure no one adds anything to it without your permission.
- To avoid drink spiking, buy your own drinks and watch the bartender make or open them. Don’t take your eyes off your drink. Keep it with you, or get a new one if you have to leave it unattended. Don’t accept drinks from other people unless you accept them from the bartender yourself.
- Don’t let others top up your drinks, and go for low alcohol options wherever possible. Occupy your hands with a soft drink or water once you’ve reached your limit, so you’re not tempted to keep buying alcoholic drinks. Avoid ‘shouts’ or drinking games. As mentioned earlier, drink games can make you keep drinking in the spirit of the game and it ends in making you very drunk.
- Never mix drugs with alcohol or other drugs. As per USA Poppers website, you need to be very careful and follow safety advice while taking or if you should be taking poppers and other similar things. Partygoers often use poppers before or after-party. Some use it for a better sexual experience or some use it for a variety of reasons but be very careful and be aware of if at all they are allowed or not. Most probably you should be avoiding them all together as per the experts.
- Make sure anyone who is driving is not drunk.
- Don’t let peer pressure sway you into doing anything you don’t want to do. It’s okay to say no.
- Leave for somewhere safe if you feel unsafe at a venue or party.
- Don’t take risks you may regret, such as diving into the water if you don’t know how deep it is or fooling around near swimming pools.
Some safe party tips by wlu.edu
- Go out in groups and make a plan about getting home.
- Decide the number of drinks you will have prior to drinking and stick to it. Count the
number of drinks and spread them out over the evening!
- Space drinks to one or less per hour.
- Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and drink plenty of water.
- Agree before you go out who will be the sober driver.
- Watch your friends–if you come together and want to leave make sure they
have a plan to get home safely.
- Avoid drinking games.
- Always eat before and during alcohol consumption.
- Remember: Women are more sensitive to the effects of alcohol.
- Pour your own drinks–don’t share with others or set yours down.
- Just because someone is in your class doesn’t mean you know them as well as you think you may–think about the situation and make clear decisions.
- Have a designated driver.
- Never drink and drive.
- Never ride with someone who has been drinking or using drugs.
- Use Traveller or a sober driver at a fraternity party.
- Say “no thanks,” if you don’t want to continue drinking, or just hold a cup with a non-alcoholic beverage.
- Participate in activities like dancing, talking, and eating to take the focus off alcohol.
How to “Throw” a Party and Treat Your Guests to a Safe Times
- Get your noise permit so you are able to socialize until midnight vs. 11 pm.
- Remember to keep the noise level down.
- Collect keys at the door.
- You, as the host, are responsible for keeping your guests’ safe. You may be liable if anyone is injured.
- Do not allow an intoxicated person to continue to consume alcoholic beverages.
- Serve plenty of high-protein, non-salty food like cheese and meat–these foods stay in the stomach longer, slowing down the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream.
- Provide non-alcoholic beverages.
- Stop serving alcohol about 1 hour before the party is over.
- Have impaired friends spend the night or find your guests rides.
- Use Traveller or sober drivers.
- Stay sober yourself.
- Remember that you might have to deal with an emergency.
Avoiding potentially violent situations
Alcohol and some drugs can make people violent or aggressive, which can lead to physical fights and assault. Suggestions include:
- Pace yourself so that you don’t lose control as a result of using alcohol or other drugs.
- Seek help and advice from your doctor, a social worker or an alcohol and drug worker if you tend to pick fights when you’re drunk or on drugs.
- Don’t get into a verbal argument if someone aggressively confronts you. Walk away.
- Decide with friends beforehand to look out for each other. If things take a turn for the worse, move away from a situation.
- Don’t go off with a person you’ve only just met. Stay in a public place. If they interest you, get a phone number.
Avoiding drug overdose
Drugs can cause many health problems, including overdose. Safety suggestions include:
- Educate yourself about drugs and their effects. Tell a friend what you are taking if you intend to take an illegal drug. They can advise the ambulance staff if necessary.
- Don’t assume that medications are a safer option than illegal drugs. Medications can be dangerous, even life-threatening if used incorrectly.
- Remember that illegal drugs are not manufactured to a precise formula like medicines. An illegal drug may be much stronger than you expect. It may not actually be the drug you think it is but may contain something else.
- Be aware that mixing alcohol and drugs can put you in extreme danger of overdose. The depressant effects of alcohol can mask the effects of stimulant drugs like speed.
- Never use alone and don’t share needles.
- If you think someone has overdosed, call triple zero (000) for an ambulance. The paramedics will only get the police involved if they feel threatened, or if someone has died.
Safe partying for guests at a home party
If you’ve been invited to a party at someone’s home, safety suggestions include:
- Don’t advertise the party via SMS or the internet. You risk gate-crashers and violent situations.
- Arrange for your parents to drive you to the party and pick you up at a designated time.
- Give your parents the host’s phone numbers.
- Take soft drinks, not alcohol.
- Don’t keep quiet and allow unsafe behaviour. If you are concerned at all, speak to the host, the host’s parents or the designated ‘responsible adults’.
Safe partying at home
If you are throwing a party at home, safety suggestions include:
- Register your party with your local police at least one week in advance.
- Insist that the party is ‘invitation only’ to reduce the risk of gate-crashers. Ask your guests not to spread the word to others via SMS or the internet.
- Indicate clearly on the invitation whether the party is ‘alcohol-free’ or if alcohol is provided or is BYO. Say whether cigarette smoking is permitted. State firmly that illegal drugs are not welcome.
- Invite parents of party guests to call beforehand for more information.
- Ask parents of guests to provide transport to and from the party.
- Secure all valuables on your property. It is common in a party for anyone to be anywhere. If in the house, you can’t protect everything when people are everywhere. So prepare before the party. Keep valuables away in a safe place. Restrict the area of the party so it is in control.
- Make sure you have responsible adults on hand to monitor the party.
- Make sure that you, as the host (and your parents, carers or other responsible adults), remain sober so you can deal with any problems quickly and safely.
- Consider hiring a security guard – it may seem extreme, but it could give you (and your guests) additional peace of mind.
- Serve plenty of food. Guests are more likely to get drunk on an empty stomach. Avoid salty foods, which may encourage guests to drink.
- Serve plenty of water and soft drinks.
- Be vigilant if you have a swimming pool – intoxicated guests may fall in.
- Turn the music down after midnight.
- Have a plan of action if a guest becomes drunk or ill. This might involve arranging for them to get home safely, or calling 000 if they’re seriously ill.
- Ask gate-crashers to leave immediately or threaten that the police will be called. Follow through with your threats.
- Call the police if you feel that a situation is beyond your control.
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