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The Do’s and Dont’s of Partying (Safely)

Written by Rachel Wong
School Party - University

For any first year heading to college or university this fall, get your party hat ready. There are parties for frosh, for joining fraternities, and then there’s those joyous occasions known as house parties. The key to all parties is to party safely. Many people assume that partying “safely” means “have no fun at all.” Whoever said that doesn’t know how to party.

Here are the Do’s and Dont’s of Partying (Safely):

Do know who is throwing the party

I’m not saying that you need to do a background check of the person’s house (and their family, their extended family, and dog), but have an idea of whose party you are going to. Be familiar with the people there as well if you choose to leave (gasp) early. And remember, crashing a party is so not classy.

Don’t leave your drink

Be vigilant with your drink. Though you may know many of the people at the party, there may be a few that you do not know. Be smart with your drink. Don’t let your drink get out of your sight, and if you do leave it somewhere, always get a new one.

Do go with a buddy

Whether or not they are your wingman or wingwoman to help you out of awkward encounters, always go with someone. Strength in numbers!

Do leave the right amount of info

Being friendly and making small talk with other party-goers is great, but be careful not to leave too much information out there, like your residence address or current love mishap. Leave the right amount and make a good first impression. If you really hit it out of the park with someone, a simple number swap will do.

Don’t get super drunk

Pretty straightforward one, as more than likely, there is bound to be booze. Everywhere. Getting super hammered is not only unattractive but also unhealthy. And hangovers are the worst, especially when you have that pop-up test in biology the next morning.

Do have a DD

Following the above point, remember to have someone (who is sober) take you home, or be ready to take your wingwoman home safely. The last thing you want is to get behind the wheel drunk. Just don’t.

Don’t feel obligated to stay

If you feel your sixth senses a-tingling and something is not right, make your escape. It’s not being rude, it’s protecting yourself. When scary situations arise (like drunk people doing dumb things), you don’t want to be in the centre of the action when someone gets hurt or the police are called. That’s always a bummer.

So there you have it, my friends. Go out and have fun, and maybe even get a little crazy. But always remember to stay safe above everything else. Once you have safety under control, everything else will fall into place.

ED. Note: Got party stories? Your own party Do’s and Dont’s? Share in the comments!

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