Partying is always fun! And with the New Year round the corner everybody would be either clubbing, attending a concert or festival, having a party at home, or going to a party to booze and dance the night away. Sounds like a great way to welcome the New Year? Wait till you hear this, there are many things that could go wrong at a party – binge drinking, drunk driving, unprotected sex, drug overdose, drink spiking, or even sexual assault. In such a case you’d want to be really careful about your ways while partying around the town. Here are some tips on how to stay safe at a New Year’s party.
- If you’re going to drink at a party, eat well before you leave home. This may sound silly, but it works! A full stomach slows down the absorption of alcohol considerably.
- Drink in moderation, if you intend to booze. Don’t let others top up your glass. Remember, you don’t necessarily have to drink alcohol. If you have to, go for low-alcohol drinks.
- Trust no-one. Don’t ever let peer pressure sway you into doing anything you don’t want to or something that goes against your principles.
- Be wary of anyone getting close to you or your drink. Many cases have been reported of drink spiking and rape that follows.
- Know where you’re going and how you’re getting there, and always be in a large group of friends or people you trust. Be sure to look after each other. The guys should take care of the girls on a night out.
- Decide on a drink limit and stick to it. Occupy your hands with soft drink or water once you’ve reached your limit, so you’re not tempted.
- The best way to avoid drug-related problems is not to use at all. If you do, make sure you know what you’re taking and find out how to reduce the risks of overdose or injury. Never have drugs and alcohol together.
- Your judgment may be impaired if you’ve been drinking or doing drugs. So, don’t take risks you may regret, such as diving into water or driving.
- Keep an emergency contact number on speed dial, so in case there is something going wrong you can immediately ask for help.
- Take condoms with you if you think you might end up having sex – and use them!
- If a guy is getting sexually aggressive with you, tell him to back off. “Leave me alone” usually works, if you’re feeling scared, inform a friend and stay close to them. Don’t go to the washroom or to the parking lot alone.
- If you think you have been sexually assaulted (groped, molested or raped), go straight to the police station and ask them to take you to an emergency ward. If possible, don’t change clothes, shower, brush or use the washroom; as that would risk losing important evidence of any crime committed against you.
- Don’t be shy or embarrassed to approach the police or hospital. Inform your family and tell them you want to lodge a complaint.
Finally, be aware! Don’t lose your judgment by over-indulgence, and do your bit to stay safe. Have a safe and happy New Year!