If we’re going out for drinks, we need to follow some rules for our own good. All work and no play makes a Lumberjack dull. Okay, that’s not exactly how the saying goes, but the truth is many people want to get buzzed after a long week. The major downside to this reality is that trouble usually follows where drunkards go. Petty fights, alcohol poisonings and sexual assaults are some of the ramifications of irresponsible partying.
Some of the ways people de-stress are exercising, playing video games or binge-watching shows on Netflix. The list goes on, but drinking alcohol remains one of the most popular ways to take a load off. This ritual isn’t going to stop, especially for college students. As long as we go out to bars or parties, the odds of putting ourselves in precarious situations are high. So, we present to you practical guidelines to protect yourself.
First of all, don’t drink on an empty stomach. You’re more likely to wind up blacked out, in jail or the hospital by avoiding this step.
Drink in moderation and know your limits. In other words, listen to your body. If you’re tipsy, it’s probably in your best interest to take a break and hydrate than giving in to more booze.
Be mindful of leaving your drink unattended, because they might get drugged. This applies especially to those who believe that placing a coaster over their glass will prevent any harm.
Establish a buddy system with trustworthy friends and try to stick together. If you stray from your friends, don’t go home with someone you don’t know. Remember that the bartender or bouncer’s job is to help their patrons, so don’t hesitate to ask for help.