Partying has been a part of the college culture for years. According to the Alcohol Rehab Guide, “roughly 80 percent of college students—four out of every five—consume alcohol to some degree. It’s estimated that 50 percent of those students engage in binge drinking.” These drinking habits are often quite hazardous and come with various consequences—especially when minors are involved. Follow these tips to help you stay safe at college parties.
5 Tips for Staying Safe at College Parties
1. Guard Drinks
The number one rule for staying safe at a college party (if you’re drinking anywhere other than at home) is to guard your drink. Never put your drink down, and if for some reason you do, don’t take your eyes off it. If you lose track of your drink during the night, don’t drink it once you find it. You never know what could have been slipped into your drink while you were unaware.
2. Know Your Limits
It’s incredibly important to know your limits before you start drinking. Quite frequently, students feel the need to get on the same “level” as their peers who drink excessively. This can create a “catch-up” environment where people feel the need to drink more, faster, so they become as drunk as their friends. To keep from getting to the point where you don’t remember last night’s events, and to keep yourself safe, figure out how much you want to drink before heading out. Know how each drink affects your body and stick to your limits throughout the night.
3. Have a Designated Driver
It’s always a good idea to have someone who will stay sober in your friend group throughout the night. If you know that you’re going to the bar, make sure you have a friend who won’t succumb to peer pressure and will stay sober. This not only keeps you from driving under the influence but your friend can also keep an eye out for you. It’s always better to stay safe with a designated driver than to pay the price of a drunk driving charge. If you decide to get behind the wheel, understand that you will likely pay the price with a DUII charge—contact a West Linn DUII attorney as soon as possible to help your case if you already have a charge pending.
4. Stay with a Buddy
If you’re going out to a party, make sure that you’re with at least one other person you know and trust. Always make sure that you go to and leave the party with that one person. Even better, go with a group of people to and from the party. This is especially important when walking home in the dark.
5. Follow Your Gut
If something feels off, it probably is. Don’t stay at a party if you feel uncomfortable. Don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve had anything to drink. You’ll know when something feels wrong, so don’t discount your instincts. Watch out for yourself and others—you won’t want to pay the price of a night gone wrong.