February 20, 2018

Party Safe: Navigating the Wild World of Campus Celebrations

Party Safe Navigating The Wild World of Campus Celebrations

You are more than prepared for your first year of college. You’ve gone to campus and found all of your classes. You managed to cram all of your belongings into a shoebox of a dorm room, and you learned all the words to the school fight song for the first football game. But maybe you aren’t sure you are completely prepared for the college parties.

The social scene is an important part of college life, but college parties can become dangerous situations if students don’t follow safe practices. Read on for tips on how to have fun and stay safe during a college party, especially if you plan to drink.

Find a Buddy

There’s no need to feel uncool when you follow your friend to get food or leave when they decide to. The phrase “safety in numbers” is cliché for a reason. If you’re drinking, you want to bring a person you trust along to make sure you make safe decisions, even when alcohol lowers your inhibitions. Even if you aren’t drinking, you’ll stay safer if you walk home with someone else.

Never Drive Drunk

Along the same lines as the last tip, find a designated driver before you start drinking. At the very least, you will break the law by driving drunk, and at worst, you can harm yourself or others. A Houston DUI lawyer recommends you know the difference between driving impaired and driving buzzed. Find campus literature on what your school policies are and never let others drive drunk if you can help it.

Eat and Stay Hydrated

If you plan on drinking, eat something first. With food in your stomach, you will absorb the alcohol more slowly, and your blood alcohol content will stay low. Eating after you drink does not have the same affect.

Since alcohol dehydrates you, you’ll also want to drink a lot of water. Try alternating between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, but stay away from coffee and other caffeinated drinks since their effects could make you drink more.

Pour Your Own Drinks

Never take a drink from someone else, and keep an eye on your drink throughout the party. Someone could put a harmful substance in your drink or give you liquor when you intended to stay sober.

Find Alternate Activities

Do you feel uncomfortable with the idea of a big college bash? Don’t worry—college is the time where people discover who they are, and you’re bound to find someone else who would rather stay in and watch Netflix with you. You need a break from the stress of tests and homework, but a night of bowling or board games could do the same.

More than anything, do what makes you feel the most comfortable, and make others around you aware of your limits. Using the tips above, and trusting your own instinct, you can become the master of the college party.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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