You’ve got your outfit sorted, the group chat is going off and you’re ready to party. Taking the time to do a bit of planning before you head out the door can make all the difference in how the night goes. Partying safely means that you’re less likely to get into trouble, and more likely to just have a good time.
When you’re about to hit up a party, your safety may not be front of mind.
Parties that involve alcohol, drugs and late nights (as many do) make risky behaviour more likely. If you’re aware of what could go wrong, you’re more likely to know how to avoid having anything bad happen. Some common risks at parties include:
There’s nothing worse at the end of a big night than not knowing how you’re going to get home. Put some money aside for a taxi or Uber, or make sure that someone who won’t be drinking or taking drugs is the designated driver.
Agree with a friend at the start of the night that you’ll check in with each other during the party to see how you’re both going. If you look out for each other, neither of you will fall behind.
If you’re planning to drink, check out our article on how to drink but not get drunk, so you can stay on top of it. Order your own drinks and don’t leave them unattended while you hit the dance floor. Fully enjoy each drink you have rather than gulping it down, and make sure you eat something.
If there’s even a small chance you might have sex with someone, have the right protection with you (such as a condom or dental dam). Check out our guide for safe sex for more info.
Remember that there is no safe level of use of illegal drugs. You can never be sure of what’s in a drug and how strong it is, or of the effect it’s going to have on you.
The safest choice is to not take drugs. However, if you choose to use, there are things you can do to reduce the risk of harm: