A night out with friends is a nice way to unwind, but it’s important to know how to stay safe. It pays to plan before you go out and know what your tendencies are when you are out on the town. Here are a few things to be aware of before you go out with friends.
Knowing Your Limits
Everyone is different. That’s why it’s important to know your specific limits when it comes to drinking and partying and to honor them. You need to know how much is too much for you when it comes to substances, and then you need to set limits based on the facts. Setting boundaries can keep you from harming yourself or others or being harmed by someone who wants to take advantage of you. It’s also better for your physical health over time. Remember that though there are obvious legal consequences if you are caught publicly drinking more than the law allows, staying below the legal limit won’t particularly keep you safe. You may need to drink less to stay in control of the situation.
It’s wise to plan ahead if you know your night is going to include partying. Designated drivers should be assigned to make sure everyone arrives home safely. You and your friends can set up a system, so the designated driver will know when it is her turn to be the responsible lookout.
It’s also possible to call an Uber or another form of transportation. However, this isn’t always the safest option. Although rare, Uber drivers have been accused of abusing their passengers. When possible, it’s best to get in the car with a sober driver you know and asked to care for you before the partying started.
Stay With the Group
Going out for a night of partying is fun, but you are more vulnerable to harm if you split up from your group when you arrive. It’s a good idea to stay with a group of people you trust throughout the night. At the very least, use the buddy system, so you have at least one person who always has you in sight. Sticking with a buddy will help you stay safe and may curb your temptation to party too much. You will be looking out for your buddy as she looks out for you, and you want to make sure you are sober enough to step in if help is needed.
Going out with friends is a great way to make memories. However, you want to make sure you don’t make any unsafe decisions. Be sure to plan ahead and keep everyone safe.