If you’ve ever partied you know how easy it can be to get caught up in everything that’s going on and you forget about safety. Especially if alcohol is involved; safety tends to take a back seat.
Safety Tips For People Who Party Too Hard
Below are a few tips you should know about when partying that will help keep you and your friends safe.
Drinking And Driving:
You’ve probably heard this before, but it’s never a good idea to drink and drive. The best course of action you can take is to prepare for your night before you start drinking. That means if you plan on drinking, plan for what you will do when the party ends. If it’s at a friend’s house, maybe you could spend the night there.
Calling an Uber, getting a hotel, or having someone else drive you home are all great options. The worst thing you can do is get to a party and start drinking with no plan on how to get home, because when people drink, they tend to get an inflated view of what they can handle. Once you’re drunk you may not even realize you aren’t good to drive. So, stay safe, and always have a plan ready when you’re sober.
The most important thing to remember when you’re drinking at a party is that alcohol is designed to impair you. Whether you’ve had one drink or twenty, you are impaired on some level. Justin Kimball from Preszlerlaw-ns.com warns that despite the legal limits of blood-alcohol levels, a driver can be well under the legal limit and still experience impairment of their driving skills. Everyone experiences impairment at different levels. One person may be fine to drive after two or three beers, while another person may be completely incapable of safely operating a vehicle after consuming the same amount of alcohol.
Keeping Others Safe:
In a party atmosphere, peer pressure can seem harmless. “Just one more drink,” and other phrases like that are commonly heard at parties. Everyone handles alcohol differently, however, so keep that in mind before you pressure someone else to drink. Not everyone plans on drinking heavily at parties, but once they get a buzz going it’s hard to say no to one more drink. If you see someone trying to convince someone else it’s okay to drink more than they want to, step in and say something.
Along the same lines of keeping others safe, if you aren’t drinking and you see someone who is, offer them a ride home. It’s better to be the responsible one and take someone home than it is to let it go and potentially allow them to get into an accident. You may even be able to coordinate with the host (if you aren’t the host) and work out a system for keys. Everyone drops their keys off at the beginning of the night, and they must pass a sobriety test of sorts before they can have their keys back.
If you notice someone who is vomiting profusely, don’t hesitate to call an ambulance if they need it. Letting them sleep it off is sometimes the worst idea, and it can have fatal consequences. If someone has gone over their limit, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
How To Drink Less:
If you plan on driving yourself home but you still want to drink, there are a few easy ways to accomplish this. Every time you drink an alcoholic beverage, drink a few non-alcoholic drinks like soda or water to space out the booze. This also allows you to pace yourself, so you will have a better idea of how buzzed or drunk you really are. If you consume a large amount of alcohol quickly, it can take a while for it to hit your brain. If you space it out with soda or water, you will have a better idea of where you stand.
Another tip is to not let anyone top off your drink. Wait until you’ve finished one drink before you fill it up again or get another. This will help you to keep better track of how much you’ve had. If you’re constantly topping off it can be easy to get confused and think you’ve had less than you have.
A Few Other Help Tips Include:
Find something to do other than drink so you’ll drink less. Avoid drinking a lot of high alcohol content drinks. Eat while you drink to help absorb the alcohol. Don’t be afraid to say no if you’re the one being pressured to have “just one more drink.”
A party is meant to put you at ease. Add alcohol and there’s no telling what could happen. That means you can never be too careful when it comes to drinking, especially when you’re in a party setting. Keep in mind that the best night can be ruined by someone acting irresponsibly. Always watch out for yourself and for others at the party.