How to Stay Safe During Parties and College Events
As much fun as college can be, here are a few rules to keep you safe if you venture out on a weekend.
Regardless of whether you drink, guard your cup. It’s important to never let your cup out of your sight. Even if you’re having a glass of soda or water, it’s possible someone could slip something into your cup if you leave it unattended. Never set your drink down to go to the bathroom or talk to a friend. Always keep your cup with you.
Go out with a friend (or two, or three). It’s safer to go out in numbers. If you’re in an uncomfortable situation, having a friend to help you out of it is handy. You should watch out for one another and try to walk home in pairs.
You don’t have to prove anything to anyone. There’s no need to prove how much you can drink. It’s dangerous and don’t succumb to pressure. Know your limits and that it’s OK to say no to something you don’t want to do.
Be aware of your surroundings. Whether you’re at a party or campus event, always take note of who is around you. If a situation is becoming hostile (March Madness riots are one example) get out. You don’t want to be caught up in a melee or a party that’s spiraling out of control.
Know how to get home. If possible, leave with the same people who walked in the door with you. Getting home is easy with apps like Uber and Lyft. Remember, never drink and drive. It’s extremely dangerous and you will be caught, as campuses are swarming with police.