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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Valdosta chapter.

When the night is young, you may decide to party—make it a night on the town, or head to wherever the party is at. On nights like these, when you plan to party, it’s important to party safely. Yes, parties are all about having fun, but it’s important to keep safe, always. When you are keeping it safe, you not being a party pooper; rather, you are just acting as a responsible young adult. Never make anyone feel lame because they take safety seriously when partying. When you take safety seriously, it’s important to take some things into consideration once you’ve decided to go out. Here are some tips on how to party safely.

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Drink responsibly

It’s so important to know your limit when drinking. Always know when to quit drinking—that moment when you feel like you are no longer able to make decisions rationally for yourself. Never feel pressured or pressure anyone to drink if they’ve had enough drinks for one night. When you party, you do not have to get sloppy drunk to have a good time. It’s all about moderation when drinking, specifically knowing when to stop. Not only does knowing when to stop drinking keep you safer while partying, it can prevent waking up with a hangover the next morning because of the heavy drinking you decided to do the night before.

Watch your drinks

When drinking, never leave your drinks unattended. Always take your drink with you if you can. If you leave your drink at a table by itself, quickly throw it away because someone could have drugged your drink. Even if you feel you were gone only for a moment, never sip a drink that was left unattended. If you plan to leave the table, ask someone you trust to watch over your drink. The bar is open all night for a new drink, so never take chances when partying. Keep it safe by knowing what you are drinking.

Make a pact

If you are going to party, make sure you make a pact with the people you are going out with. Look out for each other; have each other’s backs. Let each other know where you plan to be. And more importantly, never leave anyone behind, no matter what. When the group establishes agreements about where and when everyone should meet or what to do in a certain situation, always follow through; you have people depending on you. If you can’t follow through with your friends or your friends can’t follow through for you, you need to find other people to trust when going out to parties.

Help a stranger

If you notice someone has had too much to drink that night, even if you don’t know them, step up and look out for them because you are probably all they have at that moment. Just think, if that were you, you would want someone to be there. You never know, you may save a life that night. You can help in so many ways; one is simply by making sure they make it home safe. Another way you can help a stranger is by making sure they do not leave with the wrong person, who may cause them harm. If you find yourself not wanting to get involved, at least provide an emergency number for that individual who needs help.

Don’t drink and drive

If you know you have been drinking, do not drive. Repeat do not drive! If you need to get somewhere, there are no excuses why you need to get behind a wheel when there are so many transportation options available. If you see someone who’s been drinking, always offer to get them a ride home and take away their keys. Drinking and driving is a serious matter and should be taken seriously. Drinking and drinking is nothing to play with because not only does the driver put themselves at the risk, but they are also a threat to the other people on the road.

Never go nowhere alone

When you are partying, never go anywhere by yourself, even if it’s just to the bathroom. You never know who may be watching you or plotting something against you. This doesn’t mean be scared every time you go out; just be aware of your surroundings. Be cautious, it’s likely that not everyone at the party has the same good intentions as you, so just remember to be cautious of strangers’ and even people you may know at the party.

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Listen, have fun when you party, but be safe at the end of the day. Yes, you are an adult and no longer have to listen to what others say. However, when you party irresponsibly, you not only put yourself in danger, but you also may be putting others around you in danger. Always consider the potential aftermath when you make decisions when partying the night away. There are people who care about your safety. And you should care about your own safety as well as that of others around you. Remember, let’s party safe tonight and every other night you and your friends go out on the town for a night of partying.

Bonny is a transfer student from Georgia Military College, having obtained her associates degree in communication science in Summer 2020. She then transferred to Valdosta State in Fall 2020. She is now a mass media major in her junior year, looking to experience media like she never dreamed of! Bonny's hope that someday her work reaches you and many more.
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