After studying all week, a party with friends is where you want to be this weekend! You know where the party is, and you’re ready to have a good time, just make sure your weekend of fun and hanging out with friends doesn’t turn into something you didn’t plan. If you’re going to a party, here are some things to keep in mind . . .
have a plan?
Make a plan – if you’re going to a party with your crew, pick a friend, agree to keep an eye on each other at the party and never leave without the other. Know in advance how you’re getting home, such as a designated driver, taxi etc. so you won’t have to figure it out at the end of the night, when choices are limited or after you or your friends have been drinking.
where your drink is?
Always keep your beverage (alcohol or non-alcoholic) in your hand and never accept an open bottle/can or cup from a stranger. This eliminates the chance of someone slipping a drug into your beverage.
how you should be feeling?
If you experience the feelings of being severely intoxicated and you have either refrained from alcohol or have had very little alcohol, tell your friend and leave the party immediately.
trust your gut?
Listen to your instincts, if you are not comfortable at a party seek out your friend and leave as soon as you can. Hind sight is 20/20 but your gut always thinks ahead!
when enough is too much?
Know the signs for "Alcohol Overdose" Keep an eye on your friends and get them home if they are too intoxicated to care for themselves. If you’re not sure what to do, or how to get them home, ask for help. 911 calls do not cost you anything. They will send medical help which only costs money if a person is transported to the hospital.
The whole idea of going to a party is to have a good time, right? Remember, if you are choosing to include alcohol in your night out, “Be In the Know” defines responsible as ‘Legal’ - over 21, and ‘Safe’ - using a designated driver or calling a cab after drinking. Arrest, overdose or a trip to the hospital doesn’t make for a fun weekend.