SURVIVOR SERIES: A NIGHT OUT
If you’re planning on going out to a party this weekend, these tips are for you! Whether you’ll be drinking or not, read on for some ways to stay safe while still enjoying your weekend:
- Buddy system! This is probably one you’ve heard since kindergarten, but for a good reason. It’s always helpful to have someone with you in case something goes wrong or you get lost. This goes for the whole night, even when heading home. It’s better to stick with your buddy and also be sure that your buddy is a close friend you can trust won’t go off without you.
- Be a Good Sam. Going along with the buddy system, remember the Good Sam policy. Don’t leave your friend if they are too drunk or passed out because it could mean their life is at stake. If you call for help for your friend, neither you nor your friend will get in trouble for alcohol being involved even if it was underage consumption. For more details on the school’s Good Sam policy, check this out: http://www.lifestylescenter.net/goodsam/
- Plan ahead. Have the number of a cab or an emergency contact in case things go wrong and you are stranded. Also have some emergency cash for a cab or other things you might need. It’s probably best to avoid walking back to campus alone. Make sure you have your phone, keys and ID, and maybe throw in a few extra things like bandages in case of injury.
- Know your limits. This tip seems simple enough, but it is one of the most important. Just because your friends might drink a lot, doesn’t mean you have to. You all will have different tolerance levels. Try to be aware of how you feel after a drink and carefully decide whether it’s a good idea to drink more. If you don’t drink at all but don’t want people to know, you can always bring some flavored water, juice or soda along with you. However, your friends will likely not be upset with you if you don’t want to drink since it is your choice.
- Check the weather. If it’s raining and windy out, it’s probably not a great idea to walk long distances to get to a party or go to another one. Alcohol may make you feel warmer, but it actually lowers your body temperature. Try not to spend too much time outside if you’re not dressed for the weather.
- Food is your best friend. If you choose to drink, or even if you don’t, eating a well-balanced meal beforehand is a good idea. You’re more likely to be sick from drinking on an empty stomach, and any walking or dancing you might do will certainly burn calories. It would also be smart to pack a few healthy snacks in case you start to feel queasy or anything less than great. Sitting down, drinking some water instead, and having a snack can do wonders for your uneasy stomach.
Emily Klingbeil, Peer Educator